Resentencing of Y-12 protesters will be done by phone

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Plowshares protesters, from left, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli, in November 2012. (KNS photo/Saul Young)

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar will hold a resentencing hearing for the three Transform Now Plowshares — Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed — via telephone. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 15.

Bill Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and a member of the defense team, confirmed the arrangements in an email to supporters of the three. Rice, Walli and Boertje-Obed were released from prison in May after the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned their conviction on sabotage charges for the July 28, 2012 break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. They face resentencing on other charges for damaging government property, but the three have reportedly already served more time than recommended for those convictions.

“At stake is whether they will be released for time served or they will be ordered to be on probation for a period of time,” Quigley wrote. “Defense lawyers have asked they be released and not put on probation and have also asked that there be no restitution ordered.”

Quigley, who worked on the case pro bono, said each of the defendants will be given an opportunity to make a statement via the teleconference with Judge Thapar and federal prosecutors.

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