NATO 3 found guilty of mob action, not terror charges

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The so-called NATO 3 were convicted Friday of two counts of mob action, but not the more serious terrorism charges against them.

Jurors deliberated nearly eight hours before reaching the verdict for Brent Betterly, 25, Jared Chase, 29, and Brian Church, 22.

In addition, all three men were found guilty of possession of an incendiary device for arson.

The central question jurors had to decide was this: What did the NATO 3 intend to do when they came to Chicago to participate in protest?

Cook County prosecutors held up knives and other weapons, Thursday night, allegedly seized from the men. They accused the three activists of conspiring to launch an attack to spark a city-wide riot.

Renting an apartment in Bridgeport well before the start of the Summit, undercover police accuse the three of conspiring to launch a firebomb attack on police and Obama campaign headquarters – allegedly constructing Molotov cocktails, before Chicago police moved in to arrest them.

But, defense lawyers paint a different picture. Though passionate about their beliefs and intent on participating in protest, lawyers say the NATO 3 are far from professional terrorist.

This is the first terrorism case brought by Cook County prosecutors.

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