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NATO 3 Trial Continues Wednesday

Brent Betterly, Brian Church, and Jared Chase have pleaded not guilty to all charges

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    A major test case for Illinois' state terrorism laws continues Wednesday in the trial against Brent Betterly, Brian Church, and Jared Chase, three men who were arrested on the eve of the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

    The trial against the tree began Tuesday, with prosecutors portraying them as terrorists who sought help finding local landmarks to commit their acts. Police intelligence officers infiltrated their group and reportedly found four molotov cocktails.

    Trial Begins For NATO 3 Suspects

    [CHI] Trial Begins For NATO 3 Suspects
    The trial begins for the three men accused of plotting terrorist attacks during the 2012 NATO Summit. Defense attorneys say prosecutors exaggerated the defendant's actions. (Published Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014)

    But their defense attorneys said the men balked at the idea their clients could be compared to bona fide terrorists.

    "If they are terrorists, we can all sleep at night," said Thomas Durkin, Chase's lawyer. "Do you know any terrorist who marches in parades?" Later, he called the young men "three goofs."

    NATO Protesters Plead Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

    [CHI] NATO Protesters Plead Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges
    Defense attorneys say charges against men arrested during NATO Summit are trumped up and "ridiculous." Phil Rogers reports. (Published Monday, Jul 2, 2012)

    Church, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Chase, 29, of Keene, N.H.; and Betterly, 25, of Oakland Park, Fla.,
    have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit terrorism and other charges.

    All three defendants have been held in jail since their arrests, unable to raise $1.5 million in bail. If convicted, each could be sentenced to decades in prison.

    Inside the Secret NATO Command Center

    [CHI] Inside the Secret NATO Command Center
    Far from downtown Chicago, in an undisclosed location, is a Multi-Agency Command Center with an aim to share information with more than 40 different organizations. Phil Rogers took a tour. (Published Saturday, Oct 13, 2012)