Today the Covert Report examines the “Case of the NATO 3–” and how Chicago Police tried to sting local activists involved with Occupy Wall Street in a convoluted scheme of entrapment. Rachel Allshiny will be our guest, talking about last month’s trial, which mercifully ended in acquittal of all terrorism related charges, but convicted the Occupy Chicago activists of engaging in mob violence. President Obama’s far more tolerant of demonstrations in places like Kiev, but here at home it’s a dangerous time to be an activist in America.
Letters to the Judge must be submitted by March 30. Here’s the link: http://oppenpal.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/ongoing-nato-3-support-needed/
Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Betterly were the first in Chicago to be charged as terrorists under a state law that was created after the 9/11 attacks.
But like the crude Molotov cocktails the out-of-town activists allegedly constructed out of beer bottles, the serious charges — while explosive — ultimately never took flight.
A Cook County jury Friday acquitted Church, 22; Chase, 29, and Betterly, 25, of terrorism-related charges some critics dubbed overzealous and a political stunt to scare protesters in the wake of the international NATO summit.
Although the trio was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor mob action and two counts of possession of an incendiary device to commit arson, their attorneys were ecstatic that the most damning charges were dismissed.
“This is a huge, huge victory,” said Thomas Durkin, a lawyer for Chase.
“You cannot imagine what it takes to stand up to that type of pressure, those types of charges, to have a jury stand up to the pressure, the innuendo, and all the fear that was thrown around the courtroom and come back and say ‘no.’”
Church’s attorney Michael Deutsch said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez should be held “accountable” for overcharging his client and his two friends who were mostly just “loud-mouthed nincompoops.”