Lawyers: Request would violate Mascheroni's rights

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By Tim Korte

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawyers for a former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist, who is accused of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon, say the government's request for a protective order in the case would violate their client's Constitutional rights.

Prosecutors have asked a judge to restrict lawyers from releasing sensitive information in the case against Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni.

They are accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government. Both have pleaded not guilty.

The government's motion seeks to require prosecutors and defense lawyers to use discovery materials strictly for litigation.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Black has not ruled on the request.