Y-12 protesters must stay in jail, judge rules via knoxnews.com

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar issued an order Friday that will keep the convicted Y-12 protesters in jail until their Sept. 23 sentencing hearings.

At a hearing Thursday, Thapar discussed case law with federal prosecutors and attorneys representing the three protesters — Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed. At that time, the judge indicated he would receive information until Tuesday before deciding whether the new felons would be eligible for release under any circumstances.

Friday’s order, however, indicates Thapar looked at all avenues and decided there was no choice — given the seriousness of the felony charges that fall under the definition of “federal crime of terrorism” and carry maximum prison sentences of 10 or more years — but to keep the trio incarcerated.

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