The Kings Bay Plowshares evidentiary hearing regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has concluded after a second full day of testimony Nov. 19. Five of the seven defendants testified at the federal court hearing. The activists are facing three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge with a possible 25-year sentence. They were arrested April 5 at Naval Station Kings Bay on the Florida border after their nonviolent symbolic disarmament action of Trident submarines and the D5 missiles they carry. Kings Bay is a base of the United States Navy located adjacent to the town of St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia, on the North River in southeastern Georgia.
The seven Plowshares activists are asking the court to dismiss or reduce their charges because the government failed to offer the least-restrictive means of resolving the charges against them. Magistrate Judge Benjamin Cheesbro is expected to rule on the motion in several weeks after additional written argument. If he recommends against it then a trial date will be set.