Felony charges dropped against 5 peace activists


Felony charges were dropped yesterday against five peace activists accused of banging on a B-52 bomber with hammers, but they still face misdemeanor charges, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.

The five will be tried Sept. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning. The activists are the Rev. Frank J. Cordaro, 47, of Lacona, Iowa; Sister Ardeth Platte, 62, of Baltimore; Kathleen A. Boylan, 54, of -- Washington; the Rev. Lawrence A. Morlan, 38, of Bloomington, Ill.; and Sister Carol Sue Gilbert, 50, of Baltimore.

The associates of jailed Baltimore peace activist Philip Berrigan were arrested on charges that they hammered on the bomber May 17 at Andrews Air Force Base and poured what they said was their own blood on the bomber.

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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