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Topic - Jared Chase
A Cook County judge has set a tentative date for post-trial motions and sentencing of three NATO summit protesters acquitted of Illinois terrorism charges but convicted on lesser crimes.
During an atmosphere two years ago when Chicago authorities were warning demonstrations could turn violent at an upcoming NATO summit, the chief prosecutor chose to invoke an almost never-used Illinois law to charge three self-described anarchists with terrorism.
The question of when a planned protest becomes conspiracy to commit terrorism was the focus of closing arguments Thursday in the trial of three men accused of hatching a plan to throw Molotov cocktails at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters and other Chicago sites during the 2012 NATO summit.
A Chicago-area trial viewed as test case for Illinois terrorism laws is drawing to a close.
An undercover police officer at the terrorism trial of three activists has testified about how they allegedly plotted Molotov cocktail attacks at NATO's 2012 Chicago summit.
Three activist defendants were portrayed by prosecutors in Tuesday's opening statements for the first trial under Illinois terrorism statutes as serious terrorist wannabes, and their defense team painted them as alcohol-addled mopes who, at worst, contemplated an act of vandalism.
Prosecutors charged two more activists Sunday with crimes tied to the two-day NATO summit, accusing one of saying he wanted to blow up a downtown Chicago bridge and a second with seeking to build pipe bombs.
Three men accused of making Molotov cocktails had been planning to attack President Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets during this weekend's NATO summit, prosecutors said Saturday.