KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has begun deliberating on the case of an 83-year-old nun and two other protesters who sneaked into a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant last summer.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon and the case was sent to jurors.
Defense attorneys argued that the trio didn't intend to harm national security, which is an allegation contained in the more serious charge that they face. They're accused of sabotage and of damaging federal property.
Prosecutor Jeff Theodore, however, compared the July break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The defense asked for a mistrial over the comparison but the judge denied the motion.
The three protesters said in court earlier that they have no remorse for their actions and were pleased to reach one of the most secure parts of the facility.