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State of Washington v Marie Bernard et al

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International law wins Trident acquittal

On June 10, a Kitsap County (WA) jury found eight activists who blocked traffic into Bangor Nuclear Submarine Base on August 9, 1998, not guilty. In an unusual instruction which may have influenced the jury members, District Court Judge James Riehl told them to consider in their deliberations the fact that international treaties supersede local, state and federal laws. During the trial defendant Brian Watson had presented excerpts from the Hague Convention of 1907, the Nuremberg Principles and the 1996 International Court of Justice decision on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. The presiding juror was visibly emotional after the verdict was delivered stating that she was "proud to sit with these people."

Contact: Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370.






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