Two priests, a nun, and two octogenarians...

Two priests, a nun, and two octogenarians...

Postby quickiewle » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:55 pm

Sounds like the setup to a joke, huh?
I wish it was.

From Seattle Times

Sentencing set for submarine protesters in Wash.

About 250 demonstrators gathered outside the federal courthouse Monday for the sentencing of two Jesuit priests, a nun, and two octogenarians who cut through fences at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to protest submarine nuclear weapons.

The Associated Press

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TACOMA, Wash. —

About 250 demonstrators gathered outside the federal courthouse Monday for the sentencing of two Jesuit priests, a nun, and two octogenarians who cut through fences at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to protest submarine nuclear weapons.

The demonstrators are carrying signs that say, "Blessed are the Peacemakers," according to Seattle radio station KOMO.

A U.S. District Court jury convicted the five of conspiracy, trespass and destruction of government property in December. They face up to 10 years in prison when they're sentenced Monday.

The defendants are Jesuit priest Bill Bichsel, 82, of Tacoma; Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly, 61, of Oakland, Calif.; Sister Anne Montgomery, 84, of Redwood City, Calif.; retired teacher Susan Crane, 67, of Baltimore; and social worker Lynne Greenwald, 61, of Tacoma.

Kelly told KOMO before the sentencing that he was prepared to go to prison.

"I think it's really worth it. I have the solace of my conscience, as I think this is just one little step against nuclear weapons and someday we'll be free, and maybe not in my lifetime, but I have hope."

Court documents say the group cut through fences on Nov. 2, 2009, to reach an area near where nuclear warheads are stored in bunkers. The weapons facility in Puget Sound assembles and maintains nuclear-tipped Trident missiles and other weapons.

The protesters put up banners, scattered sunflower seeds and prayed until they were arrested.

The five defendants said nuclear warheads stored and on submarines at the base are illegal under international, national and humanitarian law, but a judge prohibited them from using international law and the lethality of nuclear weapons as a defense. The trial hinged on straightforward charges relating to trespassing and property damage.

Montgomery said in a sentencing document filed last week that she and others have taken responsibility for their actions.

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Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/
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Re: Two priests, a nun, and two octogenarians...

Postby CD » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:02 pm

And to think some people don't understand what good priests are in this age.

These men have no families to support, have already taken vows of poverty, and have limmited use for creature comforts.

Go ahead throw these just men and women in prison you'll only make them into legends in their own time.
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Re: Two priests, a nun, and two octogenarians...

Postby quickiewle » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:13 pm

A good minister,IMAO, is a pastor... he leads by example. Those folks knew they'd get locked up. You're right...doing so will only galvanize the ' let's not blow each other to hell' folks, and hopefully common sense will at last prevail.
But that story needed a rabbi and a talking horse in a BIG way. :D
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Re: Two priests, a nun, and two octogenarians...

Postby quickiewle » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:38 pm

Update... the sentences were lenient, and the judge praised the defendants' humanitarian efforts, while saying he had to send a message that protesters must use legal means.
( All due respect, your honor, that's not often how real change happens ).

From Seattle Times

U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle sentenced Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly, 62, of Oakland, Calif., and retired teacher Susan Crane, 67, of Baltimore, to 15 months in prison, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Emily Langlie said.

Jesuit priest Bill Bichsel, 82, of Tacoma, was sentenced to three months in prison and six months of home monitoring. Sister Anne Montgomery, 84, of Redwood City, Calif., got two months in prison and four months home monitoring, and social worker Lynne Greenwald, 61, of Tacoma, got six months in prison and 60 hours of community service.

All five defendants also were given one year of supervised release. They were ordered into custody Monday, Langlie said.
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