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!

Patrick O’Neill’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | August 7, 2019

Good Morning Judge Wood – It is good to finally meet you; I had expected our first encounter would have been a year ago. Many of my dear friends are in court today as well as my wife, Mary, my son, Michael, my daughters, Bernadette, Annie and Mary Evelyn and my almost 1-year-old granddaughter, Theresa…

August 7, 2019 Press Release

By KBP7 | August 7, 2019

Federal Judge Hears Kings Bay Plowshares’ Motion to Dismiss Charges Under RFRA BRUNSWICK, GA – The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 in federal court today made oral arguments concerning the denial of the pre-trial motions to dismiss the charges against them. Appearing for the first time before Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, who will be the trial…

Martha Hennessy’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | August 7, 2019

Our Catholic faith and formation of conscience calls us to what some may describe as prophetic action that requires service to others. Faith is seen in action, not merely through words alone. Each time people of faith give up their personal security for the love of good, mercy, and justice, evil becomes overcome by God’s…

Clare Grady’s RFRA Oral Arguments

By KBP7 | August 7, 2019

Hello Judge Wood, good to finally meet you. I have heard much about you, your intellect and your love of the law. I am grateful for all public servants who offer their labor in the pursuit of Justice. Justice, for me, to quote Dr. Cornell West, is “what love looks like in public”. A growing…

Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation

By KBP7 | May 28, 2019

Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation To read the update, access the PDF below. CLICK HERE: The Defendants response filed in federal court in Brunswick, GA on May 28, 2019  

Legal Update 4/25/2019 The Kings Bay Plowshares continue to wait on a ruling from the US Magistrate on several motions to dismiss the charges.  

By KBP7 | April 25, 2019

AT THIS TIME, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET The biggest issue before the court is how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) applies to the seven defendants.  There is no question all 7 are lifelong faith activists who acted consistent with their faith on issues of principle. Under RFRA the government is supposed to…

11/19/2018 Legal Update

By KBP7 | November 19, 2018

LEGAL UPDATE November 19, 2018  Since the last update on 9.26.18, there have been two pre-trial hearings in federal court to allow the Kings Bay Plowshares to put on evidence about why their religious beliefs led them to take their actions and why this prosecution should be dismissed.  One hearing was on November 7, 2018…

9/26/2018 Legal Update

By KBP7 | September 26, 2018

Attorneys for the seven Kings Bay Plowshares defendants today filed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act Memo in federal court in Brunswick, GA, as their response to the court’s request for supplemental briefings that would justify the defendants’ use of  the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in their defense. The RFRA requires the government to prove…

Legal Update, July 2018

By KBP7 | July 15, 2018

Today attorneys filed Motions to Dismiss all criminal charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares in federal court in Brunswick, GA.  The seven Catholic defendants are charged with three federal felonies and one misdemeanor for their actions in going onto the Naval Base at Kings Bay Georgia and symbolically disarming the massive amount of nuclear weapons…

7/2/2018 Legal Update

By KBP7 | July 2, 2018

Today attorneys filed Motions to Dismiss all criminal charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares in federal court in Brunswick, GA.  The seven Catholic defendants are charged with three federal felonies and one misdemeanor for their actions in going onto the Naval Base at Kings Bay Georgia and symbolically disarming the massive amount of nuclear weapons…