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…

Clare Grady’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 23, 2020

Thank you to everyone here in this courtroom, you the jury, the people witnessing, the lawyers, the clerks, the district attorney, the judge, the marshalls, I trust that all of us are doing our best here. Thank you. I want to take a moment to remember my father John Peter Grady. Yesterday was the anniversary…

Patrick O’Neill’s Closing Statement, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 11, 2020

Well, we’re coming to the end of a long, and I hope not too boring week of testimony. Thank you for your attentiveness and patience. It’s been quite a trial up to this point, and soon it will be time for the 12 of you to deliberate the facts of this case that you have listened…

Mark Colville’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 10, 2020

I think the evidence has shown that you are being asked to sit in judgement over seven people who are clearly caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is our faith in Jesus Christ, His command to love our enemies and to lay down our own lives rather than take the life…

Carmen Trotta’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 10, 2020

Carmen Trotta’s Final Closing Court Statement I want to talk to you about a couple of words. Many of us have testified that we believe that Jesus is the word. Words can be very potent; they can pierce your hearts. Two words in particular come to mind. The first is malicious. The word is often…

The Trial of the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” in Brunswick, GA, Oct. 21-24, Was Less a Search for Truth Than a Perpetuation of a Deadly Cover-Up by Mary T. Yelenick, Pax Christi USA, Nov. 27, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | November 27, 2019

  The contortions of the American legal system – functioning to conceal not only the horrific dangers posed by nuclear weapons, but the very fact of their placement in our communities  – were on full display at the recent Kings Bay Plowshares jury trial, which took place in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia from October…

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…