Cook County Criminal Courthouse, 26th & California, Room 303, 2 PM
In January, The NATO 3 were convicted by a jury of mob action (Class C misdemeanor) and possession of incendiary devices with intent to commit arson, and intent for someone else to commit arson (2 felonies), but were acquitted on all terrorism related charges. While the acquittals are an enormous victory, the convictions carry up to a 30 year sentence. Given that the CPD undercovers clearly pushed, goaded and entrapped some defendants to fulfill the police’s plan to get them to make molotovs, and undercover Uygun (“Mo”) was involved in making them, supplied money for materials, was in possession of the devices in his backpack, and planted them in the bathroom just before the raid, these convictions are absurd.
Please come out to support the NATO 3 at a hearing Friday at which the sentencing process will commence. Post-trial motions wil be heard, but actual sentencing will not take place at this hearing.
Your solidarity is needed throughout the sentencing process by showing up to court. The defendants need to know how much support they have as they await sentencing, and we need to show the court that the activist community and Chicago community at large stands with these defendants and calls for the minimum of 4 years, which with time served and half time applied, would release them in May.
State Attorney Anita Alvarez has attempted to steam roll the judge via a press conference defending her over charging this case with rarely used Illinois state terrorism statutes, which has received enormous public scrutiny from even mainstream sectors and the press, some even anticipating jury nullification for these defendants prior to the verdict. To redeem herself from this mass amount of public scrutiny, she is calling for long sentences for the NATO 3 on these charges.
Come stand with the NATO 3 and let them know we STILL have their backs. Your presence made an impact during trial, and is needed now during the sentencing process. We are watching. We are demanding justice for the NATO 3. FREE THEM NOW!
Please consider showing solidarity with a donation to the NATO 3 Legal Defense and Commissary Fund:
***This is not a hearing where they will be running background checks on spectators as they did throughout trial, or otherwise enforcing the “if-you-sneeze-you’re-out” decorum order. It will be in the judge’s regular courtroom, Rm 303. So for those who didn’t want to be subjected to these invasive measures during trial, please do come out for this hearing, No cell phones, chargers, or bringing/wearing political messaging showing solidarity.***