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.