NATO 3: Prosecutors Photograph Defendants’ Tattoos, More Evidence Handed Over to Defense Team

Yesterday, the NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, Brian Jacob Church—had a brief status hearing to review a few pre-trial matters. Notably, the prosecutors took photos of all the defendants’ tattoos after the hearing. A while back, the prosecution had successfully argued for these photos as being potential evidence in the trial; the judge approved the order over the defense attorney’s objections. The next court date was set for Tuesday, October 1st at 2pm. The final pre-trial conference date is still set for December 10th and the trial is still set to begin on January 6th, 2014.

The defense attorneys continue to plow steadily through all the evidence given to them by the prosecution and to prepare a strong legal defense. Solidarity funds are still urgently needed to help ensure the defendants have the strongest possible defense! They also continue to need letters and books from supporters around the world, so please send them some love and solidarity this week. Donation and contact information are both listed below.

Other matters covered during the hearing included the judge receiving confirmation that the defense and prosecution had completed and shared with each other the sentencing evaluations for each count facing the defendants so there could be clear agreement on the specific charges, their sentencing ranges, lesser-included offenses (if any), and other details. Specifically, the judge talked about there being agreement that Count 1 has a sentencing range of 9 to 40 years with 3 years of mandatory supervised release after parole, with 50% of the time being served typically. The prosecution also stated that they had filed their Fifth Supplemental Answer to discovery and the defense asked for an October 1st response deadline.

Donation Information

To make your tax-deductible donation, please send checks or money orders with “8th Day Center/NATO 5 Defense Fund” in the memo line to:

8th Day Center for Justice
205 W. Monroe St. Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60606

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Contact Information

Brent Betterly
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608

Brian Church
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608

Jared Chase
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608