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October 24, 2006

Sentencing (Nun)sense

Anunsen1 Thanks to this post at How Appealing, I see that the federal sentencing system is about to render some more swift and certain federal sentencing justice on another set of hardened criminals — namely, three nuns convicted of hurting national defense when they protested U.S. nuclear policies at a missile silo.  Here are more details from this story in the Denver Post:

Since submitting the plans to do community-service work in lieu of paying restitution, the nuns say they've continued work to help the poor and promote peace that they began in prison.  They figure they've done more than 148 years of combined community service, including counseling inmates and raising $600,000 in charitable contributions for literacy programs, soup kitchens and aid for victims of disasters. 

They asked [US District Court Judge Robert] Blackburn whether they could continue that work rather than paying the Air Force for the damage they did to the site of the silo.  The three were convicted in 2003 of obstructing national defense and damaging government property.  During a protest rally in 2002, they cut through a chain-link fence at a silo northeast of Denver that contained a Minuteman III missile.  Platte received a 41-month sentence and was released last December.  Hudson served 30 months, and Gilbert served 33 months — in different prisons. 

Blackburn decided not to accept their plans "after careful consideration" of the proposals "and the government's response," he said in an order dated Oct. 18.  Federal prosecutors have insisted that the nuns make amends directly to the Air Force.

Someone should be sure to tell all the Whoopi Goldberg fans pining for Sister Act 3 that we may now have the perfect script in development.  (But, of course, Whoopi fans know it would be hard for any script to live up to Sister Act 2.)

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Of course, they should make amends directly to the Air Force. I suspect that these nuns arrogantly think that the Air Force isn't worthy of their money. Too bad.

Posted by: | Oct 24, 2006 5:08:46 PM

Yes, yes, those arrogant nuns and their arrogant charity work and contributions to better human kind. How dare they?

Anyway, do nuns even have money? I'd think the vow of poverty would preclude paying restitution. And I don't think in kind charity work will be of any benefit to the Air Force.

Posted by: | Oct 25, 2006 11:23:08 AM

These nuns believe that their faith tells them that we are to love our enemies. They have read international law, and understand that these nuclear weapons are illegal under international, and therefore national, law.
I think that what they did was courageous, and I hope that we all begin to disarm our weapons.
thanks for your website...I am often a pro-se defendant. Susan Crane

Posted by: Susan Crane | Oct 25, 2006 3:58:34 PM

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