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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- The attorney for more than 200 anti-nuclear demonstrators be tried on charges of attempting to blockade the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory said Monday his defense would center on the 'state of mind' of the demonstrators at the time of their arrest.

Defense attorney Leonard Post said it was difficult to tell just how many demonstrators were on trial because a number of them had entered guilty pleas and were excused.

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Post said as near as he could tell the number of defendants was 'about 230.' On Monday, a group of 11 'surrogates' were in the courtroom instead of all 230. Any verdict rendered for the 11 would automatically apply to the rest.

More than 1,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators were arrested during the protest in June outside the lab, a major research and development center for nuclear weapons. About 700 of them have already pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of obstructing traffic. Another 60 go on trial in January.

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