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The TrialThe StreetThe CourtroomThe Verdict
After two hours of deliberation on the trial's final day, the jury rendered its decision: The nine were guilty on all charges. After the jury left the courtroom, Daniel Berrigan asked Judge Thompson to allow those present to recite the Lord's Prayer. Defense and prosecuting attorneys, spectators, defendants, and judge all rose and joined in the prayer.

Sentencing was held on Nov 9, 1968. In his remarks, Judge Roszel C. Thomsen said, Liberty cannot exist unless it is restrained and restricted."

Phil Berrigan and Tom Lewis received three and a half years to run concurrently with sentences from the Customs House raid. Three-year sentences were handed down to Daniel Berrigan, Tom Melville, and George Mische. And those not considered leaders - Mary Moylan, Marjorie Melville, David Darst, and John Hogan - received two-year sentences.

Jail and Not Jail
Appeals exhausted, the Melvilles and John Hogan went to jail. David Darst died in a car accident before he could serve his sentence.

Mary Moylan, George Mische, Tom Lewis, and Daniel and Phil Berrigan decided not to cooperate and went underground. Philip turned himself in at a Manhattan church in April 1969, but Daniel remained at large until August, when the FBI caught up with him at the Block Island home of theologian William Stringfellow. In May, Mische was captured by the in FBI in Chicago. Moylan, never captured, surrendered in 1978.

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