NATO 3 Trial Postponed Till March 2014, One Motion to Dismiss Charges Denied and Another Awaiting Ruling

The NATO 3, who are facing a cooked-up set of terrorism charges, are going to spend a minimum of another eight months in jail waiting for trial. This gives the prosecution plenty of time to try and get one to rat out the others on false charges.

Free the NATO 3

On Tuesday, July 9, the NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Jacob Church—had another status hearing to discuss discovery issues and three important pre-trial motions. The motions were Jacob’s motion to suppress his post-arrest statement to the police, the joint motion to dismiss the arson charges, and Brent’s motion to dismiss all his charges due to false testimony to the grand jury violating his right to due process. The arguments about the post-arrest statement were pushed off yet again, the judge will rule on dismissing the arson charges within two weeks, and the judge denied Brent’s motion to dismiss his charges. Additionally, the defense team requested that the trial date be pushed back from September 16th of this year to mid-March of next year so they can have time to review all the discovery and prepare adequately for trial.

These developments mean that the defendants have an even longer…

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