When Prosecutors Showed the Jury a Pipe Bomb Making Recipe in the ‘NATO 3′ Trial

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 5:01 pm

If any single moment exemplifies what is horribly wrong with this trial, the moment when Illinois state prosecutors had a pipe bomb making recipe admitted into evidence and showed it to the jury while an explosives technician from the Chicago police department was on the witness stand is such an example. A defense attorney had [...]

Judge Evokes Dystopian Scene of Terror, Declines to Acquit ‘NATO 3′ of Terrorism Charges

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 11:33 am

The prosecution rested and the defense decided it would not call witnesses and put on a case in the trial of the “NATO 3.” Immediately, defense attorneys moved for a directed verdict on multiple terrorism and arson charges, which the defendants face. Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase traveled from Florida to Chicago [...]

‘NATO 3′ Trial: Only Person to Talk About ‘Terrorizing’ Chicago Was an Undercover Cop

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 8:52 am

An undercover Chicago police officer involved in targeting and arresting three young men on trial in the state of Illinois for terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges admitted on the witness stand that he was the only one to ever explicitly say anything about “terrorizing” the city during a NATO summit. Brian Jacob Church, Brent [...]

At Trial, Undercover Officer Shares Interpretation of Recorded Conversations with ‘NATO 3′

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 7:57 pm

An undercover Chicago police officer Mehmet Uygun took the witness stand and gave testimony in the trial of the “NATO 3.” His testimony came days after another undercover officer provided testimony for the jury. The “NATO 3″—Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase—each face terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges. They traveled from Florida [...]

Kevin Gosztola Reports From The NATO 3 Trial, January 30

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 11:00 am

Follow Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) on Twitter for live updates from the courtroom of the “NATO 3″ trial in Chicago. Read more about the NATO 3.

‘NATO 3′ Trial: Prosecutors Present Facebook Messages With Little Evidence Related to Alleged Offenses

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 9:09 am

In the trial of the “NATO 3,” Illinois state prosecutors presented messages that had been sent by defendants in late April and May, before they were arrested in a police raid on May 16, 2012, days before a NATO summit was scheduled in Chicago. The messages are apparently important to prosecutors, however, it was unclear [...]

In the ‘NATO 3′ Trial, Prosecutors Deeply Troubled by Focus on Chicago Police Conduct

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 7:08 pm

Prosecutors from the state of Illinois are deeply bothered by defense attorneys’ focus on police conduct in the criminal investigation into the “NATO 3″ and the surveillance operation conducted prior to targeting the defendants. Illinois state prosecutors are arguing a case in which three young men, Brian Jacob Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly, have [...]

Chicago Police Officer Testifies Sign Made by ‘NATO 3′ Could Be Used as Weapon Because of Screws

By: Monday January 27, 2014 5:29 pm

The “shield” is about three feet by three and a half feet in size and made out of recycled wood. It is painted red and has letters, which read, “Austerity Ain’t Gonna Happen.” The “A” in the word “ain’t” is an anarchist symbol. It looks more like a sign that might have been carried in [...]

Chicago Police Officer Gives Theory on Why ‘NATO 3′ Drove Vehicle Nearby Obama’s Headquarters

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 10:36 am

For over three days, an undercover Chicago police officer Nadia Chikko, who infiltrated activist communities with another undercover officer, was on the witness stand in the trial of the ‘NATO 3,’ who face state terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges. She left the stand in the afternoon on Friday and another Chicago police officer from [...]

Female Undercover Cop Who Helped Chicago Police Target ‘NATO 3′ Testifies on Recordings at Trial

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 11:28 pm

A Chicago police officer who operated undercover and helped the police department target the “NATO 3,” who face terrorism and other felony conspiracy charges, returned to the stand. It was the second day in the trial. Recordings of conversations the officer had with the defendants and her partner were played throughout the day. Brian Church, [...]

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