Plymouth: ‘Pilgrim 14′ gets their day in court while supporters rally outside

Wednesday afternoon, a Plymouth judge decided to move forward with civil disobedience charges against fourteen Pilgrim Nuclear Plant protestors. On May 20th, the protestors tried to deliver a letter of demands to the plant’s owner, Entergy Corporation, but were arrested for trespassing.

Michael Risch from Falmouth was one of the protestors arrested, and says he’s happy, but surprised, by the judge’s decision, “Very pleased. I’ve been here before and the case was dismissed. I’m not a publicity hound but I like an opportunity for the public to be made aware of various events.”

Another Cape Coder Elaine Dickinson rallied outside of Plymouth District Court while the defendants went before the judge. She says the intent of those arrested was to put a spotlight on Entergy’s dangerous power plant.

“Some of our people went to meet with MEMA, a Massachusetts emergency group, and their maps and their plans are contradictory. There is no plan. There is no plan for people on the Cape, other than you go to your local health department and get your potassium iodine pills; that’s what they want us to do and be quiet,” explained Dickinson

Twelve out of the fourteen protestors arrested will return to court September 15th. The other two defendants decided not to challenge the civil disobedience charges and opted to pay a $100 court cost.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.