Catholic Nun Receives a Lighter Prison Sentence Than She Requested in a High-Profile Civil Disobedience Case

In what has been called a high-profile case of law-breaking civil disobedience, a local Tennessee network reported that an “84-year-old Catholic nun will spend nearly three years in federal prison for breaking into one of the U.S. government’s most secure [nuclear] facilities and helping deface a uranium-processing building with human blood, a federal judge ruled Tuesday [2/18/2014].” 

Sister Megan Rice, who is 84 years old, and two others, were convicted in May of sabotaging a nuclear plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.  All three are members of the Plowhsares movement of Christian pacifists.  Sister Rice asked the judge not to grant her leniency.  “Please have no leniency on me,” she said.  “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honor you could give me.”  The judge did not comply and gave her a three year federal prison sentence instead, stating that the breaking law isn’t the right way to pursue political goals.  The two other men involved received longer sentences.  A number of protesters picketed outside the U.S. Courthouse. 

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