Jury deliberations underway in NATO 3 trial
The NATO 3 case has gone to the jury, it has been a full day of arguments before the court and we could be a day if not hours away from a decision.
Defense Attorney Tom Durkin said “I think there is an overuse of fear in this country and I think it’s a dangerous statute to throw around and should be reserved for the most serious people.”
Durkin does not think these three men– known as the NATO 3, qualify as the most serious people. He doesn’t think Brian Church, Brent Betterly and Jared Chase are terrorists– despite the fact that they are charged with making Molotov cocktails and threatening criminal acts but never acting on them.
In court Durkin, who represents chase called the trio: “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”
A bunch of talkers described the lawyer for church with delusions of protesting grandeur.
But the prosecution told the jury he’s not buying the defense argument claiming it’s just young men and their hi-jinx.
Asst. Cook Co. State’s Attorney John Blakey said their goal was to spark a city-wide riot:
“Did these defendants come up to NATO to intimidate Chicago with acts of violence? Yes, they did.”
Intimidation is key in this cases. lawyers for Church, Betterly and chase say the serious charges have nothing to do with public safety and that scares them a lot.