In the case of Nevada Vs. Pegasus where the State of Nevada used NRS 207.200 (a misdemeanor trespassing idea) to prosecute the peace and justice activist, the court session lasted over an hour in Beatty, Nevada. Deputy DA Dworin argued the case in front of Justice of the Peace Gus Sullivan (son of Bill Sullivan who presided over hundreds of cases of peaceful demonstrators and nonviolent activists in the 1980s). Pegasus told Sullivan that the State utterly failed to provide any evidence of title to the land in question. Pegasus demonstrated (with the testimony of Shoshone Chief Johnnie Bobb) years of permission have been granted by the proper Shoshone authorities to non-Shoshones to be present for the sake of peace and justice at ”the Southern Zone of the Western Shoshone Nation” (a.k.a. the NNSS).
Despite failure to produce evidence of ownership to the land in dispute, Marcus Pegasus was found guilty and immediately sentenced to a $200 fine, payable within 30 calendar days, with a $105 mandatory court fee (even if the $200 is worked off via community service). Refusal to pay would allegedly lead to 25 days in jail, with further court fees still unavoidable, according to Sullivan when questioned by Pegasus.
In the cases of the Good Friday Eight (April 19th 2019) there's a weirder story. Read the below information if you are curious. Six of the defendants used only the Western Shoshone Permit (permission to be present at the perimeter of the nuclear test site where they were arrested) as ID for their warnings/citations. This could have reminded the illicit occupiers of the NNSS that Shoshones have the true legal authority here. But since the USA has got the nukes, Nye County Sheriff's Deputies claimed they needed "government-issued ID" and refused to accept the Western Shoshone Government's authority and identifying documents for activists. All 33 prayer-activists arrested on Good Friday could, theoretically, have been taken to jail, and given court dates. INSTEAD, under the discretion of the Sheriff (and their prior indication to NDE volunteers), 25 people were only given written warnings, because they showed non-Shoshone IDs after crossing the line, along with #ShoshonePermits. These 25 Warnings include the threat of real ticket/real court consequences if the activists ever come back to a supervised line-crossing ritual again here.
Two of The Good Friday 8 were released on bail about 12 hours after the arrests. They have charges against them of "public nuisance" (NRS 207.470). Two more of The Good Friday 8 were released late on Holy Saturday night, charged with "trespassing" (NRS 207.200). These four are scheduled to appear May 6th at 10am in Beatty Justice Court. An attorney is scheduled to represent these 4 of the Good Friday 8.
The Good Friday 8 are Tami Yaron, Robert Majors, John Amidon, Charlie Smith (first four released over the weekend) plus Mark Kelso, Brian Terrell, Jakob Whitson and Richard Bishop (second four held video conference with law-defying Justice Sullivan at 2:30pm Easter Monday
). Currently all the court cases have been completely erased from the record and the bail was returned for four and the bail/bond returned for the other four. See the latest news release