Unrepentant Berrigan is back in court Anti-war activist charged with violating probation

October 26, 1995|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF

Anti-war activist Philip Berrigan was back in federal court yesterday for violating his probation in the 1993 vandalism of an Air Force jet at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.

Outside the courtroom, Berrigan said he refused to wear an electronic monitoring device as part of his court-ordered home detention. He also refused to pay nearly $3,000 in fines.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul M. Rosenberg released Berrigan on his own recognizance and said a hearing would be set later before another judge.

The judge has the option of continuing the supervised release, modifying it or jailing Berrigan for as much as the full period of release -- in this case, three years.

After serving seven months of a one-year jail term, Berrigan, 72, was placed on supervised release and has been in Baltimore since then. He said he has no intention of paying the fine.

"I won't pay the government for a protest against its bloodletting," Berrigan said. "And I won't wear an electronic monitor because it brings incarceration into the house. I never wore it."

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