I've been enjoying Bollyn's articles for years, let's hope that he gets out of this without any trouble. It's a typical case of corrupt cops trying to scapegoat their inexcusable behaviour on a person. It's sad that he hasn't been able to continue writing during the last 6 months because of being persecuted . By George Houde Special to the Tribune Published June 1, 2007 Lawyers offered dramatically different versions in court Thursday of a confrontation last summer between three Hoffman Estates police officers and a writer who said authorities targeted him because of his sometimes controversial views. Christopher Bollyn, who has written for several Web sites and has claimed that Israeli agents were involved in the World Trade Center attack in 2001, is on trial in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. In opening statements, prosecutors said Bollyn, 50, was intoxicated when he confronted the police officers, who were responding to his call about a suspicious car in his neighborhood. The case is simple, said Stacy Cossette, an assistant state's attorney. "It's about an intoxicated and irate man mouthing off to Hoffman Estates police responding to his 911 call," she said. "The officers were trying to protect themselves." Defense lawyer Paul Moreschi told jurors that there would be conflicting testimony about what happened Aug. 15 outside Bollyn's home in the 200 block of Kingman Lane. "I beg you to examine the evidence and determine whether the police preserved the peace or escalated the situation," Moreschi said. Bollyn's wife and children and a few other supporters were in the courtroom. In an interview before the trial started, Bollyn said that he had called 911 after he became concerned about what he described as a suspicious car driving around his neighborhood. Police said later that it was an unmarked squad car with tactical unit officers. A police spokesman said the officers volunteered to talk to Bollyn and explain who they were. Bollyn said that the officers never identified themselves and that he and his family felt threatened when they approached. Police said Bollyn "caused a ruckus." Bollyn said he was walking back into his house when he was tackled by police. Authorities said Bollyn was arrested after he pointed his finger in the face of one of the officers and turned to go inside his house, telling them that he was "going to get my reinforcements." Police said at the time that officers handcuffed Bollyn and used a stun gun to subdue him because they feared he was going to get a weapon. Bollyn said he was attacked without cause. He has suggested in the past that he believes he is being persecuted because he has written articles raising the possibility that Israel was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.