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Defense counters government’s appeal for harsh sentences

Bill Quigley, attorney for Michael Walli, who, along with Greg Boertje-Obed and Megan Rice, faces sentencing on January 28, 2014 in federal court in Knoxville, TN, for the July 28, 2012 Transform Now Plowshares action at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, has filed a cogent and timely response to the government’s motion, filed last week, asking the judge to adhere to the sentencing recommendations provided to the court. Those recommendations would require Megan Rice to serve at least 6 years in prison, with longer sentences for Greg and Michael.

In his response, Quigley notes the government wants to have it both ways—accusing the TNP three of harming the national defense by undercutting our nuclear deterrent at the same time they (the government) successfully blocked any testimony from the defendants about nuclear policy, claiming at the time it was beyond the reach of the charges.

Quigley also notes once again the wide discrepancy between the action taken—a symbolic act of speech—and the draconian charge of sabotage. Quigley rightly points out to the court that the government which is now seeking lengthy sentences was, up until the TNP three rejected a plea offer, satisfied with lesser charges. It was only after the government made its plea offer/threat, and Greg, Megan and Michael rejected it, that the charge of sabotage was levied against them.

You can enjoy the entire response here:

Defs Resp Gov Sent Memo 1-20-14


4 thoughts on “Defense counters government’s appeal for harsh sentences

  1. So cogent, reasonable, logical. Surely Judge Thapar will well note the difference between this quality (of mercy is not strained) and the exaggerations and bullying blusters of the prosecution.

    Posted by Ellen Murphy | January 21, 2014, 11:54 am
  2. I wish the DOJ put this much effort into prosecuting Wall Street bankers. Unbelievable.

    Posted by Jeff Nguyen | January 21, 2014, 1:54 pm
  3. Mr. Quigley, how about mentioning the cost of incarceration of these individuals. According to Wilkipedia, for the U.S. to jail an individual, it’s between $ 20,000 to $ 25,000 a year. Is the public’s interest best served by locking up these folks to the tune of $75,000 a year for 6 to 8 years. Does this include long term health care for Sister M. Rice ?? I know of one taxpayer who has problems with this !! I think 3 to 5 years ( with a chance of parole wearing a tracking band on them and subject to their homeland district ) would be the ideal solution to this. My sentence is longer than Mr. Walli’s senencing memo, but shorter than the Government’s sentencing memo; just like in Nuclear warfare, nobody wins !

    Posted by Allen Alexander | January 21, 2014, 2:06 pm


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