Legal update

Welcome to the Kings Bay Plowshares Legal Collective Page! Here we will provide updates on the legal process, legal documents that may be helpful to fellow travelers, and documents relating to the necessity defense and international law. Thanks for visiting!

Jury Seated, Opening Statements at Plowshares Trial

By David Quinn-Jacobs | October 22, 2019

BRUNSWICK, GA – We’re underway. A jury some feel hopeful about and opening defense statements illustrating the humanity of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists completed the first day of the Plowshares trial. At the end of the day reactions were mixed among supporters who traveled far to this southern Georgia resort town for the…

Order Overruling Objections and Denying Motion to Reconsider, Oct. 18, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | October 20, 2019

Judge Wood’s final decision that expert witnesses will not be allowed for necessity or international law defenses but that the danger of nuclear weapons and defendant’s motivations would be allowed in opening and closing arguments and testimony and cross examination. Read Order Denying Motion

Order on Motions, Oct. 11, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | October 16, 2019

Magistrate Cheesbro rules against defendants’ motions and grants government’s. Order on Motions Oct 11

Memorandum in Support of Notice of Intent to Raise Defenses

By Bill Ofenloch | October 5, 2019

Defendants are raising defenses of First Amendment, Necessity, International Law, and War Crimes. Over the years, some courts have refused to allow defenses similar to some of these being raised, i Importantly, none of the prior cases have addressed the issue of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in any way. Indeed, many were decided…

Motion in Limine

By Bill Ofenloch | October 5, 2019

The United States of America, by and through Bobby L. Christine,  United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, moves the Court for an Order prohibiting the presentation at trial of evidence concerning Defendants’ justification for entering Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on or about April 5, 2018, unless and until each Defendant proffers…

Notice of intent to raise the defense of necessity

By Bill Ofenloch | October 5, 2019

Defendants will raise the defense of necessity in this matter. First, defendant sincerely believed that  he was faced with a choice of evils and he chose the lesser of the two evils.

Judge Wood: Order Denying Motions to Dismiss 8/26/19

By KBP7 | August 26, 2019

Judge Lisa Godbey Wood issued a 19 page ruling on August 26th denying all the pretrial motions from the Plowshares. The text follows as a PDF. Open PDF to view the Order Denying Motions to Dismiss 8/26/19

Liz McAlister Denied Release On Her Own Recognizance – August 15, 2019

By KBP7 | August 15, 2019

Elizabeth McAlister, through her attorney Bill Quigley, applied for release on her own recognizance on Monday August 12, 2019, the Monday after the court hearing.  The motion pointed out that Ms. McAlister, who will be 80 in November, has been jailed for 18 months and has been a model prisoner.  The motion said Ms. McAlister…

Mark Colville’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | August 8, 2019

Statement by Mark Colville to The Federal Court, Southern District of Georgia Brunswick, Georgia, August 7, 2019 Good morning Judge Wood. My name is Mark Colville, and I’m pleased to meet you. I won’t bore you with the boring details of my boring life—much of that is already part of the court record, which incidentally…

Carmen Trotta’s RFRA Oral Arguments

By KBP7 | August 8, 2019

Judge Wood, good morning. It is good, and a bit intimidating, to finally get to meet you. We’ve heard from various people that you are, ‘the smartest person I’ve ever met,’ or ‘She has a photographic memory,’ and ‘She runs a tight ship.’ Otherwise, one very becoming item we heard about you is that you…