Takeaways From Rare Perjury Prosecution Of Attorneys

Law360, New York (August 31, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT) -- Chicago criminal defense attorneys Beau Brindley and Michael Thompson were found not guilty Monday on multiple counts of suborning perjury and obstruction of justice, after a two-week bench trial before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.

The defendants had been charged with directing clients and other witnesses to lie at each of six separate Chicago federal criminal drug and firearms trials. Those clients were convicted on some counts but acquitted on other counts, with a resulting lower sentence. The government immunized some witnesses and offered sentence reductions to others, including the lawyers’ former clients. The witnesses testified that the lawyers told them to lie and rehearsed their false...

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