McAlister gets 6 months for protest

January 22, 1993

A Baltimore peace activist was sentenced to six months in jail for trespassing after she and seven others staged a protest at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in December 1991.

Elizabeth McAlister, a former nun, was ordered to serve the sentence over 60 weekends by Howard Circuit Judge James Dudley yesterday.

McAlister, a member of the Baltimore Emergency Response Network, was originally sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and pay $50 in court costs after she was convicted in Howard District jTC Court last May.

The defendant appealed the conviction to Circuit Court, where she again was found guilty of the charge in October.

McAlister is to start serving the jail sentence Jan. 29. Judge Dudley is not requiring the defendant to pay court costs.

McAlister and the other activists were arrested Dec. 5, 1991 during a protest at the Columbia laboratory. The group was protesting the lab's weapons research and development.

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