CHICAGO - Lawyers for three men accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks during last year's NATO summit in Chicago have filed a motion asking that terrorism charges be dismissed.
Defence attorney Michael Deutsch says the motion filed today was accompanied by a 25-page memo. The paperwork argues that the definition of terrorism in Illinois statutes is unconstitutionally vague and opens the door to politically motivated charges.
Prosecutors have 21 days to respond, and the next hearing in the case is expected at the end of February. The trial is scheduled to start in September.
Suspects Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly have been in custody since their arrest last May. They have pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts.
The charges include four filed under Illinois' never-before-used anti-terrorism statutes.
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