Judge orders nun, 2 others to pay restitution for damaging nuclear plant; hearing delayed

  • Article by: TRAVIS LOLLER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 3:52 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A sentencing hearing for an 83-year-old nun and two other Catholic peace activists was delayed Tuesday after the federal courthouse in Knoxville shut down because of snow.

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staredJan. 27, 14 4:21 PM

Yea Judge; go for it. By keeping these people in jail it will preclude them from doing what one of the two Berrigan brothers did in the 1970's (or so), namely, owning up to his crimes (sort of) and then instead of accepting his sentence as promised, took off. He was later captured I believe and served some time. These "protesters" need to do the time if convicted of the crime just like everyone else. Anything else is moral hypocricy on their part..

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scubadoo68Jan. 28, 1412:45 PM

Does anyone else find it concerning that an elderly nun was able to break into the primary U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium?

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jim2011beamJan. 28, 1412:54 PM

Wow! $53,000 to cover up some paint and fix a fence? The blood washed away in the rain years ago and pounding on a wall does no damage. That must be a government fix-it contract to cost so much. Sounds like a home handyman could do it for about $500. Oh, wait! Put them in jail, too? What does that cost a taxpayer? Maybe $50,000 per year apiece for 6 to 9 years? Doesn't sound good for the taxpayer. Maybe what the judge can do is sentence them all to a full year of community service with folks who are poor and homeless. Maybe work in a soup kitchen. That's what they should be doing anyway.

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tntattersJan. 28, 1412:56 PM

This Marxist "nun" and her cohorts wanted justice. Now they've got it. Pay up.

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palsarJan. 28, 14 3:58 PM

"The three have argued that their actions were symbolic and meant to draw attention" -- So, if I rob a bank as a symbolic gesture against the corrupt banking industry do you think that would work?

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DufferHJan. 28, 14 4:39 PM

Using her 'ageism' card may not work on this one.

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swunderlJan. 28, 14 4:50 PM

$53000 to fix a fence and cover some paint? Federal government doing this job? In all reality the plant was most likely paid for with government funds anyway, meaning these people are already part owners. Get real folks.

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foneboothJan. 28, 14 4:56 PM

Sorry...while I understand the sentiment, destroying property or any other crime to make your point is uncalled for. I don't agree with incarceration, but they need to pay for the damage...walk, talk, wave your signs, but hurt nothing and no one in the process...

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zeldacJan. 28, 14 5:14 PM

send them to prison. These folks somehow think it ok to damage property based on their good lives up to now. Do the crime, do the time.

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swmnguyJan. 28, 14 5:43 PM

Yes, let's put these dangerous criminals behind bars. They broke a fence!

On the other hand, HSBC Bank laundered Billions of dollars for the Mexican drug cartels (the guys who line up severed heads by the roadside), and the Department of Justice refused to prosecute. Also JPMorgan Chase for participating in the Madoff scam; Archer Daniels Midland, Diebold, Pfizer, and Tyson Foods for foreign bribery; UBS for interest rate manipulation; Wachovia for money laundering; Barclays Bank for violating the Trading with the Enemies Act by financing Iran, and the list goes on and on and on. None of them prosecuted, nobody held responsible. Some of them had to write a check for about 1/10 of 1% of the profits from their crimes, but not all of them.

And nobody has been prosecuted for all the forged documents lying like time bombs in people's mortgage documents, like all the ones signed by "Linda Green." That's part of the shenanigans that has wrecked our economy for the past 5 years.

But we're not gonna let that nun slide on the vandalism. Way to go Attorney General Holder!

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