- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago-area trial viewed as test case for Illinois terrorism laws is drawing to a close.

A judge’s spokesman says closing arguments in the trial of three NATO protesters will happen Thursday. On Wednesday, the sides discussed instructions the Cook County judge will read to jurors before they begin deliberations.

Brian Church, Jared Chase, Brent Vincent Betterly allegedly plotted Molotov cocktail attacks during NATO’s 2012 Chicago summit. They’ve pleaded not guilty to terrorist and other charges.

Prosecutors relied almost wholly on the testimony of two undercover officers and secret recordings. The state rested Tuesday and the defense didn’t call any witnesses.

Defense attorneys say undercover police egged on their often-drunk clients into contemplating ominous-sounding attacks.

State terrorism laws rarely are invoked. Nationwide, federal prosecutors try most terrorism cases.



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