A nun, convicted of national security crimes after engaging in civil disobedience, has asked to be released from jail pending sentencing.
J. Miles Cary / Knoxville News Sentinel / AP
An elderly nun and two other nuclear protesters asked Thursday to be released from jail as they await sentencing. The nun and others were convicted for breaking into and defacing the primary U.S. storehouse for weapons-grade uranium.
A judge could rule on that next week, but the three will have to stay in jail at least until then.
Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of interfering with national security and damaging federal property during last year's incursion of the the Y-12 National Security Complex. They cut through security fences, hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the most secure part of the complex.
The complex has had a hand in making, maintaining or dismantling parts of every nuclear weapon in the country's arsenal.