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September 15 resentencing to be by phone

The September 15, 2015 resentencing of Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed on their remaining depredation conviction for their July 2012 Transform Now Plowshares action at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, will be held by teleconference according to Judge Amul Thapar.

Bill Quigley sent an email to supporters today noting the prosecution has indicated it will NOT ask for more prison time. The three have already served more time than sentencing guidelines recommend for this offense. Quigley reported the prosecution does intend to ask for an extended period of probation, from one to three years.

Attorneys representing Greg, Megan and Michael, including Quigley, will ask the judge to forgo probation and to drop the restitution required in the original sentencing as well.

The Transform Now Plowshares activists were originally convicted of two charges—depredation of government property and sabotage; the latter carried a heavier sentence. Because of the sabotage conviction, the three were immediately remanded to federal custody and were not eligible for parole or bond while their appeal was pending.

The sixth circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments earlier this year and, in May, overturned the sabotage conviction and vacated the sentences for both charges, noting the prison time served already exceeded the recommended sentence for the depredation charge, hence the re-sentencing. The three were released on recognizance within a week of the appeals court’s ruling.




2 thoughts on “September 15 resentencing to be by phone

  1. In so many ways, this case of Megan, Michael and Greg, is the case of all of all of us, as the human race struggles in what’s been called the “Hinge of History,” the “Great Turning,” “The Great Work.” Many become harder and harder of heart as they cling to the past exploitive ways of what we counselors in domestic violence call PDC (power, dominance and control) and we in chemical dependency therapies call addiction. At the same time, millions are liberated or liberating themselves from these sicknesses, and are teaching the …well, I’ll call them slaves to an old, failed system…by many means and sacrifices, under the power of nonviolence and love. We can see love winning now, in this case, but not without the suffering of these servants of emancipating love. And the hard work of their counsel and supporters. Let us teach by our own continuing demonstrations, and share that suffering and joy. Mother Earth, her powers of regeneration and balance, is behind us. Or is she leading us? Maybe both.

    I know Megan, Michael and Greg would say they are not suffering. But it isn’t easy. Will continuing war, exploitation and destruction be easier? May the new sentencing reflect the victory of love.

    Posted by Ellen Murphy | August 22, 2015, 2:28 pm
  2. Ellen Murphy, your comment is profound and thought provoking. Thank you

    Posted by Kim Bergier | September 3, 2015, 9:25 am

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