Jury Refuses to Convict Plowshares in Conspiracy Trial

PRESTON, Scotland - On Friday May 14, the 8-day trial in Preston Crown Court of three Swedish Ploughshares activists ended when the jury, after 7 hours of deliberation, could not reach a verdict. Annika Spalde, Stellan Vinthagen and Ann-Britt Sternfeldt, of the Bread Not Bombs Ploughshares group, had been accused of conspiring to cause criminal damage to the new Trident nuclear weapons submarine, HMS Vengeance, last September 13 at Barrow.

Stellan said, "We are really impressed that a jury of ordinary citizens from a town so dependent on weapons production refused to find us guilty, in spite of them being told by the judge that that was their only option."

-Bread Not Bombs, Trident Ploughshares 2000, May 16, 1999