Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Sentence Postponed for Transform Now Plowshares"/ Face Long Sentences/ Judge Not Sympathic to Defense Contentions


http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/sentence-postponed-transform-now-plowshares
by Patrick O'Neil/NCR
"The critical point is contrition, and I don't think any of the defendants are contrite about what they did," the judge said. "The defendants will not be given acceptance of responsibility."
Thapar also denied the defendants' claim that they deserved leniency because they believed their "criminal acts" at Y-12 "were committed to prevent a perceived greater harm" (the possible use of nuclear weapons). Thapar said, "I understand that the defendants perceived a greater harm, but I think the United States has a different point of view."
The judge still will hear arguments for departure based on the argument that the case includes "special or unusual circumstances." Toward that end, the defense called four character witnesses, each of whom praised the defendants as committed peace activists who were led to nonviolent direct action out of their love for creation and humanity."

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