A Doubtful Proposition, My Reflection on the Trial by Brian Terrell, Nov. 10, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | November 11, 2019

A Doubtful Proposition By Brian Terrell “Whether nuclear weapons are actually illegal under international or domestic law (a doubtful proposition) is not relevant or an appropriate issue to litigate in this case,” so ruled Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, late on Friday October 18. This…

They Came to Stop a Crime by Jack Cohen-Joppa, Beyond Nuclear International, Nov. 10, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | November 11, 2019

“…You are the hope you have arrived to find.” So ended a brief message that Fr. Steve Kelly wrote from jail last month to be read to more than 100 friends and supporters. We had travelled from across the United States for a Festival of Hope on the eve of the trial of the Kings…

Report on Day 4 KBP7 Trial, Verdict by Ralph Hutchison

By Bill Ofenloch | November 5, 2019

October 24, 2019, Thursday  –  Judge Lisa Godbey Wood came into the courtroom at 9:37 to review the charge sheets and jury instructions with the lawyers. Bill Quigley entered a few objections into the record, and by 10:10 the jury was brought into court. Prosecution Closing Prosecutor Knoche presented the closing argument for the government.…

Reflection on Day 1, KBP7 Trial Commences by Art Laffin

By Bill Ofenloch | November 3, 2019

The KBP7 trial commences. The indictment is read to the jury: The U.S. vs. Stephen Kelly et al. Count 1: Conspiracy; Count 2: Destruction of government property; Count 3: Depredation of government property;  Count 4: Trespass. Conspiracy is a charge they claim, in the truest sense of the word. Breathing together to enact the biblical…

Report on Day 1, KBP7 Trial Begins by Ralph Hutchison

By Bill Ofenloch | November 3, 2019

Jury selection began at 9:00am on Monday October 21st, with seventy-two prospective jurors filling the courtroom; most audience members were seated on metal folding chairs in a specially-arranged small overflow room watching on a 32 inch screen. Despite several long signal interruptions, we were able to follow much of the proceedings. At 11:10am the judge…

Report on Day 2 of KBP7 Trial by Ralph Hutchison

By Bill Ofenloch | November 3, 2019

“Welcome back,” said federal judge Lisa Godsbey Wood to the jury and the packed courtroom as we sat down. And in the same breath she said, “Mr. Knoche, please call your first witness.”   The prosecutor’s job, technically, was not that challenging. The defendants had already told the jury they had committed the acts of…

Report on Day 3 of Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Trial by Ralph Hutchison

By David Quinn-Jacobs | November 2, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019   Day three of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia, began with an objection raised by Stephanie Amiotte for the defense, which had been presented with a new piece of evidence minutes before the prosecution intended to put its witness on the stand. The judge disallowed the…