Sunday, May 10, 2015

Court Overturns Sabotage Conviction Against Nun.

A U.S. appellate court overturned sabotage convictions against Sister Megan Rice, 85, and her fellow protesters, 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed. The 6th US District Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that splattering paint and blood on the walls of a US storage facility holding weapons-grade uranium did not threaten national security and did not merit charges of sabotage.

The court did uphold a lesser charge of injuring government property. Defense lawyer Bill Quigley said he hopes the three will be re-sentenced to time already served, and freed.

It had been reported in February that Sister Rice's living conditions in prison were "horrifying and deplorable". I had written at the time, that I felt the nun's conditions in the Metropolitan Detention Center were, as they were described by news sources at the time, unpleasant and inconvenient, but were hardly on the level of "horrifying and deplorable".

Never the less, I hope the three prisoners are re-sentenced on the charge of injuring government property and released soon.

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