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|Federal District Judge Amul R. Thapar sentenced both Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, of Duluth, and Michael Walli, 65, of Washington, DC, to five years and two months in prison (“62 months,” in the parlance of the federal court) plus three years of heavily supervised probation. Sr. Megan Rice, 84, of New York, NY, was sentenced to 35 months in prison plus three years of probation.|
|First Indian American Judge, Wow|
Judge Amul R. Thapar
|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||1/4/2008 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Joseph Hood|
|Home State:||Detroit, MI|
|Undergraduate:||Boston College, B.S., 1991|
|Law School:||Boalt Hall School of Law, U. of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1994|
Three U.S. Anti-War Activists Sentenced to Long Prison Terms for Nonviolent Action
Three anti-war activists who easily snuck into what is touted as one of the country’s most secure nuclear weapons facilities were sentenced to long terms in federal prison Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The three were convicted last May on felony charges of depredation of property and sabotage for their nonviolent action called Transform Now Plowshares at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The convictions carried possible maximum sentences of 30 years in prison.
Federal District Judge Amul R. Thapar sentenced both Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, of Duluth, and Michael Walli, 65, of Washington, DC, to five years and two months in prison (“62 months,” in the parlance of the federal court) plus three years of heavily supervised probation. Sr. Megan Rice, 84, of New York, NY, was sentenced to 35 months in prison plus three years of probation.
Megan, Michael and Greg entered Y-12 in the wee hours of the morning on July 28, 2012, cutting four fences and traversing a “lethal-force-authorized” zone, arriving at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, the country’s warehouse of weapons-grade uranium. They poured blood on the walls and spray painted “Woe to an Empire of Blood” and “The Fruit of Justice is Peace.” They also chipped a corner of the concrete wall with a small hammer, a symbolic act reflecting the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah who said, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.”
The judge also ordered the three to collectively pay $52,900 in restitution for what prosecutors said was materials and overtime costs to fix the openings in four wire fences and paint over the slogans.
Defense attorneys for the three have indicated that the grossly exaggerated repair costs would be challenged on appeal.
At Tuesday’s hearing, each of the nuclear resisters spoke, reminding the court of the central purpose of their action ¾to call the court’s attention to the ongoing US violation of the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In testimony at hearings before trial, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark called the production of nuclear weapons components at Y-12 “unlawful” —and the work there “a criminal enterprise” —because the NPT obliges the US government to pursue good faith negotiations for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
Ignoring each of the defendant’s direct appeals to the government’s binding legal obligations under the NPT and the Constitution (which holds that treaties are the “Supreme law of the land”) Judge Thapar repeatedly accused the three of showing “complete disrespect for law.”
Judge Thapar’s accusation of “lawlessness” was plainly dishonest and likely designed for the press, especially in view of his pre-trial orders forbidding the defendants from presenting legitimate law-based defenses. The defense of necessity —that unlawful government actions may be interfered with by citizens acting in the spirit of crime prevention —was also disallowed by Judge Thapar, who ruled before trial that the question of whether nuclear weapons production is unlawful was not relevant to the case and would confuse the jury. What the judge did not say was that when juries are allowed to consider evidence of the outlaw status of nuclear weapons, they regularly find protesters not guilty by reason of justification.
Thapar was the first Indian American judge named to the federal judiciary. 
Prior to joining the Court, Judge Thapar served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He also previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia. He has been recognized by the Department of Justice, FBI, Secret Service, and Postal Inspection Service for his meritorious efforts in leading numerous successful investigations of violent and white-collar crimes.
Judge Thapar also worked for the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio. Between 1994 and 1997, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, who sits on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, who sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Judge Thapar received his Bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1991 and his Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at Chase, he has previously taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and University of Cincinnati College of Law.
[sidebar: So now that the Indian American is a Federal Judge, do we see some actual JUSTICE? Does not look promising O' Great Chief Geronimo -- Skull & Bones ya'know did a terrible blow to the ego of the Indians of North America. DECISION appears to be a perfect fit in the white world of criminal fraud. When SOVEREIGN MONEY isn't addressed in the BANKRUPTCY COURT, then there need NOT be a cover-up anymore. Smallpox comes in varying poisons, modern day the blankets are words-swords meant to kill in the form of how modern can the death to the enemy be?!
to be continued ... ]