Y-12
5:35 pm
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. 

An unidentified protester shows his opposition to the U.S. Government's nuclear weapons activities in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
An unidentified protester shows his opposition to the U.S. Government's nuclear weapons activities in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Credit Matt Shafer Powell