Lawyers for the Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli will have 15 minutes to present oral arguments before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:00am. Counsel is expected to ask the court to vacate the convictions of Megan, Michael and Greg on the charge of sabotage, arguing the statute was wrongly applied in this case.
Those who attended the trial and sentencing in Knoxville may recall the judge himself expressed concerns about the charge, but in the end he let it stand.
The court has scheduled 30 minutes for oral arguments, which is standard procedure. The judges are not expected to issue a decision for some months.
It is not clear whether a decision in favor of the TNP three would result in a new sentencing hearing and/or reductions of sentences for the three. In any case, the process might not be concluded in time to affect Megan’s term since she is due to be released in November of this year.
If you are interested in attending the hearing, the courthouse is at 100 East Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati. You should arrive no later than 8:30am in order to clear security. Be sure to bring a photo ID.