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Friday, 15 June 2012

Lawless Has No Regrets Despite Guilty Plea

Lawless Has No Regrets Despite Guilty Plea - Lucy Lawless guilty, Lucy lawless three years, Lawless Has No Regrets Despite Guilty Plea, Actress Lucy Lawless has no regrets about a protest aboard an oil exploration ship which led to admitting a charge in court on Thursday, saying she needed to do it. Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists admitted a charge in Auckland District Court of being unlawfully on a ship after they spent 77 hours on a 53m-high tower they scaled aboard the Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki in February. The action was aimed at protesting Shell’s planned exploration for oil in the Arctic. They were initially charged with burglary but pleaded guilty when the lesser charge of being unlawfully on a ship was laid.

Convictions were not formally entered at the request of lawyer Ron Mansfield so they can keep all options open for sentencing, options which could include a discharge without conviction. Lawless, best-known for her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, says the protest had prompted 475,000 people to lend their names to the campaign to stop the drilling. “Certainly I stand by what we did, and our need to do it. lucy lawless three years,

Peaceful action’s the only way forward, a clean green Earth is what we need,” said Lawless, who appeared in court under her married name of Lucy Tapert. When asked if she was concerned at the possible impact of a conviction on her career, she said “it’s not as risky as doing nothing”.

The others to enter guilty pleas were Raoni Hammer, Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Viv Hadlow, Shai Naides, Zach Penman and Ilai Amir. Ms Hadlow says the prospect of extreme frontier oil drilling is also a threat for New Zealand.