In her statement to the Judge, Bolger said, "I have come to understand what millions of Americans already know—that the actual majority will of the people is of little concern to those in power. We can demonstrate and petition and write letters until we are blue in the face, but those actions are virtually worthless, as we can't compete. Our voice is drowned out by the power of the money coming from the lobbyists and corporate interests. Money equals speech."
Though the maximum penalty for this infraction is 6 months in jail
and/or a $750 fine, Judge Nash sentenced Bolger to 60 days incarceration
and suspended that sentence. He also required her to make a $50
payment to a victims of crime fund and to perform 20 hours of community
service, which Bolger will perform by working 20 hours for Veterans for
Peace. She is on probation for nine months and faces the risk of having
the 60-day sentence imposed, but says she is committed to continuing to
speak out and protest, including when NATO comes to Chicago in May.