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Initial challenge to Illinois Terrorism Statute fails for NATO 3
by David Roknich
Thursday Mar 28th, 2013 8:59 AM
The People's Law Office in Chicago has handled many cases that have had nationwide impact, and this will be one more. The state of Illinois has a "Homeland Security" apparatus similar to that of the federal government, with the same constitutional issues, and it is being confronted directly in this case against the remaining 3 activists nabbed prior to the May 2012 NATO protest in Chicago.

Brian Jacob Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly represented by Sarah Gelsomino and Michael Deutsch of the People's Law Office won't be in court again until April 16. Their initial challenge to the Illinois Terrorism Statute has fallen short.
Last week, "Deutsch argued that the state terrorism statute used to charge Brian Jacob Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly is unconstitutional on its face and as-applied to the three young activists"
"Judge Thaddeus Wilson... found that the Illinois Terrorism Statute is not unconstitutionally vague on its face.  Ruling on the challenge that the statute is unconstitutional as applied to the defendants, Judge Wilson denied the motion without prejudice.  This means that the defendants may be able to raise the issue again after the State presents its evidence at trial."
All court documents are linked at today's report from the People's Law Office -
The next court date will be Tuesday, April 16 for a status hearing.

The "NATO 3" were nabbed along with several other activists along with beer making supplies prior to the NO NATO protest in Chicago 10 months ago.

This is a rush post, bookmark for updates.


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