Oak Ridge Activists Sentenced

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced three activists to 30-day jail terms for blocking a roadway in protests at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

The Rev. Tom Lumpkin, the Rev. Erick Johnson and Pam Beziat were convicted in an August jury trial.

They were arrested and charged with obstructing a roadway in August 2006 while marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

The three must also ordered to pay a $50 fine and court costs for the misdemeanor convictions. They will be eligible for release from jail after serving 75 percent of their sentences.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Dan Location: Michigan on Oct 6, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    These sentences are unjust, How can locking up non-violent peace activists be in the best interest of the public? These people are heroes for pointing out the folly of nuclear weapons. We should be locking up the people responsible for braking the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Shame on you Judge Elledge. Dan Lombardo


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