Reflections on Pre-Trial Hearing

On December 2, the Disarm Now Plowshares were in court for a pre-trial hearing in front of Judge Settle, at the U.S. Federal Court in Tacoma. The judge again said that the Plowshares defendants could not use the affirmative defense of necessity or international law when they argued their case in front of the jury. The defendants repeated that those limits are wrong, and preclude the truth from being told in the courtroom. Sue Ablao offers her reflections in this short interview.

3 Responses

  1. When a judge denies the accused use of the necessity defense, it only reveals that justice cannot be served in that courtroom, and it makes a mockery of the trial process to follow.

    Such a denial also shows how afraid the “justice” arm of federal government is of challenges to the American war machine, and how committed it is to protecting that machine.

    For shame. . . .

    Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
    Port Townsend

  2. How can one eliminate necessity or International Law as a defense and pretend to do justice to a case. That prevents justice.

  3. It would seem that this Judge is not a judge, but rather a man with the title and determined to deny a hearing to American citizens who have a right to a fair hearing under the Constitution…….Perhaps he should recuse himself from his position.

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