The state Supreme Court rejected an appeal Thursday by 15 anti-nuclear demonstrators who were convicted of trespassing at General Dynamics.
Only Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird voted to grant a hearing to the demonstrators, who wanted to introduce evidence that they were acting to prevent a violation of international law. Four votes are needed for a hearing by the seven-member court.
In recent weeks, the court has refused to consider a variety of defenses offered by groups of anti-nuclear demonstrators, including arguments that trespassing was necessary to avert a greater evil and that a good-faith belief in one's actions rebutted charges of maliciously obstructing a roadway.
The San Diego protesters were arrested in November, 1983, in a parking lot at the General Dynamics plant. They said they were trying to meet with company officials to persuade them to stop making cruise missiles.