‘NATO 3′ Trial Begins For Protesters Charged With Planning Attacks On Chicago Summit

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Opening statements are due to begin on Tuesday in the trial of three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets, including President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters, during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.

Brent Betterly, 25, Brian Church, 25, and Jared Chase, 29, are being prosecuted under an Illinois anti-terrorism law adopted after the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks.

The three men have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers say they were entrapped by undercover Chicago police officers and that the charges were trumped up and politically motivated.

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