Friday, February 7, 2014


Jurors in Chicago on Thursday evening were sent to answer the question of when a planned protest becomes conspiracy to commit terrorism in a trial viewed as test case for Illinois terrorism laws. Known as the "NATO 3," Brian Church, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase, 29, of Keane, N.H.; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 25, of Oakland Park, Fla., are accused of plotting to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and police stations with Molotov cocktails during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago summit. The defendants have all pleaded not guilty to terrorist and other charges. If convicted, each could face decades in prison.
Prosecutors said the proof of the trio's intentions comes from undercover police officers who infiltrated the group. The officers testified that the men discussed making acid bombs one of the defendants described as, "Put it in a bottle, shake it up and toss it, pressure builds and bam! Acid shoots everywhere," Biesty said in court. But in the first of three defense closings, Church's attorney Michael Deutsch told the jury that the state "has not proved their case. He said the three men were just "talking to impress the undercover police officers."
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