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Chicago Nato Summit Terror Trial Begins

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:48:21 CST
By: AP

Jury selection has begun at the trial of three men charged under Illinois terrorism statutes with plotting Molotov cocktail attacks during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. But opening statements aren't expected to take place until next week. Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including arson and conspiracy to commit terrorism. They've been jailed since their arrests two years ago. This is the first time the state terrorism laws have been used. Defense attorneys say the definition of terrorism in the statutes is unconstitutionally vague and opens the door to politically motivated charges. If convicted, each could be sentenced to decades in prison.

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