Nuke protesters face the judge

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By Carol A. Clark

The “LANL-8” protesters arrested last summer had their day in court Thursday.  
“Seven of the eight members will stand trial in February,” member Marcus Page said. “The eighth person is in college so he took the plea bargain.”
Their civil resistance in August led to the hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. The arrested protesters were part of a group of more than 100 activists who held a colorful demonstration in the streets of Los Alamos on the 65th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6.
The group marched from Ashley Pond to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and then stopped at the Chemistry Metallurgy Research (CMR) building on Diamond Drive.
Eight people then entered the security gate at the CMR building and staged a peaceful sit-in. LANL asked local police to arrest the eight activists for alleged trespassing that afternoon.
The police complied, booked the protesters and released them later that evening.
“As a result of Thursday’s court proceedings, seven members of the group will go
to trial on Feb. 8, standing innocent until proven guilty of ‘trespassing,’” Page said.
 “This group of seven pleaded ‘not guilty,’ while one pleaded ‘no contest.’

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