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Transform Now Plowshares three receive unsupervised supervised probation, $52,000 restitution upheld by Judge.

After hearing arguments from both sides during a teleconference sentencing hearing, Judge Amul Thapar split the different between the defense’s request for no supervised probation and the government’s request for supervised probation for Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli.


In the end, the judge sentenced each to two years of “unsupervised” supervised probation with only three conditions

  • they must not be commit any local, state or federal crimes
  • they may not enter any US nuclear facility
  • they must report any arrests for any reason to their probation officer

There are no other restrictions on their activities. When defense attorneys asked if they retained their first amendment right to protest nuclear weapons at facilities, the judge said, “Absolutely, as long as they don’t enter the facility.”


The judge also declined to reduce or drop the demand for $52,000 in restitution to the taxpayer.


The three have until Friday, September 18, to report to their local probation office.

Resentencing hearing set: information on public access provided by court

For those who want to hear the proceedings during the resentencing hearing/teleconference for the Transform Now Plowshares three, Michael Walli, Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed, the court today provided an access number. Please be reminded there will be no hearing in Knoxville; in fact, the judge is unlikely to be in Knoxville himself, since he regularly sits in Kentucky.

Here is the court’s information.

Telephonic Status Conference held before District Judge Amul R Thapar: Status Conference as to Michael R. Walli, Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed held on 9/4/2015. 

(1) A sentencing hearing is SCHEDULED for Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

(2) This hearing will occur via teleconference. (3) Members of the public may dial-in to this conference call by following these steps:
(A) Call AT&T Teleconferencing at 1-877-873-8017;
(B) Enter access code 8284218 (followed by #); and
(C) When requested, enter security code 1234 (followed by #)

(3) To prevent any technology problems, the Court asks members of the public not to dial-in until 9:55 a.m. 




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