Former US attorney general testifies at hearing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has testified on behalf of three people who broke into an Oak Ridge weapons plant last summer.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reported Clark said at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday that ongoing production of nuclear weapons at the Y-12 plant could be considered unlawful because it violates tenets of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, known as the Transform Now Plowshares, are scheduled to go to trial May 7. They face multiple felony counts, including sabotage, for cutting through chain link fences and defacing the outside of the plant’s storage facility for bomb-grade uranium.

U.S. District Court Judge Amul R. Thapar indicated he would rule within a week on issues pertaining to the upcoming trial.