Attorneys deliver closing arguments in NATO 3 trial

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Attorneys delivered their closing arguments today in the NATO 3 trial.

In his closing argument, a Cook County prosecutor said the three defendants came to Chicago’s NATO Summit in 2012 to carry out acts of terrorism.

“Were they bumbling fools or cold and calculating terrorists? That’s the question you have to answer,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Biesty, who emphasized the evidence contained on undercover recordings “wasn’t just talk.”

Biesty spoke for about 90 minutes. He said the three defendants – Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Betterly –were experts at constructing Molotov cocktails and took “acts of furtherance” to carry out their attack plan, including driving past one target—President Barack Obama’s downtown campaign headquarters –and buying gasoline for the firebombs.


The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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