21 Greenpeace Protesters Plead Guilty
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) _ Twenty-one Greenpeace protesters, many of whom chained themselves to logging equipment for several days, have pleaded guilty for taking part in the demonstration.
The defendants from around the country were not present during hearings Monday in U.S. District Court in Ketchikan, but participated by telephone in groups of seven.
Each pleaded guilty to obstructing or helping to obstruct a road and was given the choice of spending the business hours of a day in a holding cell or paying a $300 fine and serving two years probation. All chose the jail time.
Jackie DuRette, whose road construction company had its work halted by the protest, asked Magistrate Mary Guss to order the defendants to pay restitution of $157,000. The company lost earnings and had some damage to its equipment during the protest in the Tongass National Forest.
A final decision regarding restitution could come in July.