Background from Las Vegas Sun / 14 Sept 2010:
Judge delays decision in ‘Creech 14’ drone trial: Decision expected in January on trespassing case
The real question at the heart of the trial — whether the U.S. should be using drones controlled at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on bombing missions to other countries — never came up. Instead, Judge William Jansen tried to keep the trial centered on one issue — were the 14 people who protested on April 9, 2009, at Creech breaking the law by trespassing?
After Jansen oversaw the four-hour bench trial Tuesday, he came to a conclusion: The so-called “Creech 14” case needed much more thought. “This case has a lot more consequences than a trespass case,” Jansen said. “… I want to make sure my decision is the correct decision.” Jansen told the packed courtroom that he needed to take about two to three months before he would render a written decision on the case. He set the date for that decision to be at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011. <continued here>