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.

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