Bill Wylie-Kellermann – Character Witness for Clare Grady, November 12, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 16, 2020

I am ordained United Methodist pastor in Detroit, recently retired. I still write and teach; currently adjunct faculty at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. I’m a participant in the non-violent movement resisting nuclear weapons though recently applied active nonviolence to the Detroit Water Struggle (in the last five years 100,000 homes having water shut off)…

Carmen Trotta’s Sentencing Statement, Nov. 12, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

In my opening declaration to the court, I remarked that I’m a child of the Vietnam war, and my primary reason to go to college was to discover who was telling the truth about the war in Vietnam and the reasons for which we fought it. I’m only like 18 years old. It was in…

Mary Yelenick’s Statement in Support of Martha Hennessy, Nov. 13, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

Good morning, Your Honor. My name is Mary Yelenick. I am a member of the Bar, and practiced law for nearly 40 years — first as a judicial law clerk, and later as a litigation partner in a large global law firm. I am presently the NGO Main Representative at the United Nations for Pax…

Martha Hennessy’s Sentencing Statement, Nov. 13, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

Dear Judge Wood, I have thought long and hard and prayed about how to convey the reality of my nonviolent, sacramental action against nuclear weapons at Kings Bay Naval Base. I stand here as a result of my religious conviction that calls me to point out that nuclear weapons are illegal and to uphold the…

Clare Grady’s Sentencing Statement, Nov. 12, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

Good afternoon, Judge Wood, Mr. Knoche, and Mr. Gilully, and greetings to all the women and men who work in the courtroom there in Georgia. Also, greetings to all those who are listening in to these sentencing hearings on your phones. Your presence as attendees and witnesses to this procedure, as we work together to…

Patrick O’Neill’s Sentencing Statement, Oct. 16, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

Good Afternoon Judge Wood, Greg Gilully, all the U.S. Attorneys, Keith and all of the great defense attorneys who have assisted me, and all of the other court personnel. We are slowly moving toward the end of this long ordeal (at least the courtroom portion of it for me). As I have repeated in this…

Dennis Apel’s statement to the court in support of Fr. Steve Kelly

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

I was asked by Fr. Steve Kelly to be a character witness at his sentencing. While I am more than honored to do so, I want to be clear regarding my intent. I am not trying to affect the sentencing. My fantasy would be to have Fr. Steve’s character precipitate a conversion among those present…

Fr. Steve Kelly: Presentencing Declaration of Pro Se Defendant’s Conscientious Objection To and Non-compliance With Any and All Post-incarceration Conditions

By Bill Ofenloch | November 14, 2020

While still in chains, I, pro se defendant Stephen Michael Kelly, S.J., file this declaration in an attempt to remove any ambiguity and avoid all misunderstanding, come time of sentencing. I assert the innocence of the Kings Bay Plowshares. But this statement is my own declaration. Both my conscientious objection and my Religious Freedom Restoration…

Bernadette Naro’s Statement at Sentencing of her Father, Patrick O’Neill, Oct. 16, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | October 17, 2020

Good Afternoon. I want to begin my testimony today with some of my earliest memories of my dad.  When I was four years old, my parents moved from our small house where the three of us lived, into a much larger house to start a Catholic Worker Community. The extra rooms in our new house…

Frida Berrigan’s Statement at Sentencing of her Mother, Liz McAlister, June 8, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | June 8, 2020

Good morning, friends, My name is Frida Berrigan and I am here to speak on behalf of my mom, Elizabeth McAlister, one of the co-defendants in the Kings Bay Plowshares. I’m here in New London, Connecticut with my husband Patrick and our three kids, Liz’s grandchildren- Madeline, 6; Seamus, 7; and Rosena, 13. My brother…