The case of America v. MacGregor Eddy concluded last week with the local peace activist being fined $2,500 and put on two years’ probation by a federal judge at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara. Found guilty earlier this year of trespassing at Vandenberg Air Force Base during an anti-war rally last October, the Salinas resident and nurse – who has a prior incident of trespass at the base – staunchly defended her actions until the very end as being a “necessary” protest of an illegal war. Citing America’s repeated violations of the Nuremberg Principles, Eddy, 56, crossed a painted line at the entrance of the base last October 6 to inform military personnel of their violation of international law. Though prosecutors pressed for jail time, Magistrate Rita Federman opted against it, saying the “crime committed was committed in a very peaceful and respectful manner.” She added that Eddy would not be required to carry out community service hours as she already has an impressive civic service track record.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 22, 2006
Updated 1:47 p.m., July 13, 2006
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