Judge Amul Thapar, in response to a motion filed by the TNP legal team, has agreed to consolidate the sentencing hearing for Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed to permit testimony offered on behalf of all three convicted Plowshares activists by Bishop Tom Gumbleton and Nukewatch’s John LaForge.
The Judge indicated Michael, Greg and Megan will still be sentenced individually.
The hearing will be held in federal court in Knoxville, TN beginning at 9:00am on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
The Judge also refused a request by Greg Boertje-Obed to have two songs played during his sentencing hearing saying Greg could submit the lyrics, but he will not allow recorded music. The songs, My Name is Lisa Kalvelage and By Breath, performed by Duluth’s Sara Thomsen, can be heard on iTunes.
Media reports indicate the recommended sentences for Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed are in the range of 6-8 years while the range for Michael Walli is 10-12 years.
FESTIVAL OF HOPE/ HOSPITALITY IN KNOXVILLE
A Festival of Hope will be held in Knoxville on the eve of the sentencing, Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Church of the Savior (UCC), 934 N Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN. The Festival will start with a potluck meal at 6:00.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance is working to arrange housing for people traveling to Knoxville for the sentencing hearing; we would appreciate hearing from folks as soon as possible about travel plans and housing needs.
Folks traveling to Knoxville for the sentencing are urged to contact Shelley Wascom (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your travel plans; Shelley is coordinating pickups from the airport and bus station as well as arranging hospitality for home stays.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance is asking people who can to plan to remain Tuesday afternoon and evening for a meeting to discuss further organizing to stop the construction of the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y12 Plant in Oak Ridge—a focal point of the Transform Now Plowshares action. The meeting will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN. It will begin at 2:30pm or approximately one hour after the conclusion of the sentencing hearings.