CHICAGO (AP) — A judge will decide whether to heed the prosecutors’ request that three protesters accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks at a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago serve more than a decade in prison.

Jurors in February acquitted the activists of ominous-sounding terrorism charges brought under a rarely used Illinois statute. They convicted them of lesser counts of misdemeanor mob action and possession of an incendiary device to commit arson.

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Heading into Friday’s sentencing, Cook County prosecutors want a 14-year prison term for Jared Chase, Brian Church and Brent Betterly. They call the men dangerous and deserving of stiff punishment.

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But Chase’s attorneys call the case a “terribly politicized prosecution.” They suggest the terrorism charges tainted their client as a menace even though he was acquitted of those charges.

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