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Thu May 9, 2013
Y-12 Protesters Remain in Jail, Await Judge's Decision
Three nuclear protesters convicted in a federal court May 8 remain in jail while U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar considers whether they should be released prior to their September sentencing hearing. A jury convicted Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli of depredation of federal property and injuring national defense. The combined charges carry a maximum of 30 years in prison. The three activists, calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares, admit they broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge last July, where they splashed blood and defaced the wall of a building that houses the bulk of the federal government's bomb-grade uranium.