Elderly Nun to Await Sentencing for Nuclear Protest in Jail
An 83-year-old Roman Catholic nun convicted of sabotage for breaching a US atomic complex has asked to be released from jail while awaiting sentencing. The old woman made the request in court last week on Thursday, while wearing handcuffs and leg irons.
Two other nuclear protesters also requested a temporary release from jail until they receive sentencing.
Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE’ OH-bed’) were convicted Wednesday of interfering with national security and damaging federal property during last year’s incursion.
They cut through security fences, hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the most secure part of the complex.
The group claims their crime was morally driven, and that they trespassed “because the production of nuclear weapons violates everything that is moral and good,” Ralph Hutchinson, coordinator for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, told Reuters after the incident.