Sabotage Conviction Overturned Against Nuns, Fellow Activist

Duluth Man's Sabotage Conviction Overturned

An appeals court has overturned the sabotage convictions of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists who broke into a facility storing much of this country’s bomb-grade uranium and painted slogans and splashed blood on the walls.

In a 2-1 opinion issued on Friday, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the most serious conviction against Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed of Duluth.

The court upheld a conviction for injuring government property.

The opinion says the vandalism at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge in 2012 did not amount to sabotage.

A lower court was ordered to give them new sentences.

Rice is serving a sentence of just under three years.

Walli and Boertje-Obed are each serving sentences of just over five years.


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