Vandenberg AFB Protest
July 15 2010
From: Bruce Gagnon
Two trials were held in federal court today in Santa Barbara CA. All resulted in convictions of trespass.
The first trial was for co-defendants Dennis Apel and
MacGregor Eddy. The pre trial motion, to establish that the
designated protest area was a public forum, was denied to the
defense. Judge Magistrate Federman rejected the arguments
that free speech is protected in the area selected and defined
by the Vandenberg.
The judge-magsitrate imposed a sentence of a fine of $125 for each count, plus some court charges, for a total of $320 fine due from each defendant. No other sentence was imposed.
In the afternoon there was a second trial with co-defendants Fr. Steve Kelly and Dennis Apel again and the result was two more convictions.
There will be some follow up information soon about what is
the next step.. This is the first time an arrest for violating
a ban and bar, without leaving the designated protest area,
has been prosecuted.