On August 31, 2015, attorney Beau Brindley was acquitted by a federal judge on multiple counts of obstruction of justice and perjury charges. He was accused of allegedly coaching witnesses and clients to lie. This case has been going on for three years now, and it was a big conversation piece for months within the Chicago legal community.
Attorney Beau Brindley made his mark as a great lawyer in Chicago really quickly upon moving to Chicago from Iowa. He used to brag about using aggressive strategies on behalf of purported drug traffickers and mobsters.
The federal judge who acquitted him, was in a rare trial of lawyer. Judge Harry Leinenweber made the announcement of the verdict during the bench trial, and it was surprising to many because federal prosecutors usually win convictions in the majority of the cases. And furthermore, there were a FBI office raid that created much unrest to various attorney in the area. It was so uneasy that some started to think that many lawyers will shy away from zealous clients’ defenses.
However, these fears are put to rest now, since this verdict. Judge Leinenweber stated that he didn’t find anything wrong with the questioning and answering technique that Brindley used with his clients and witnesses. He further stated that this tool is needed sometimes in order for clients and witnesses to recall some accounts of events. The judge also stated that he also used this common question and answer tool many times when he was a lawyer.
The prosecution, on the other hand, was trying to create some conspiracy of Brinkley using falsified scripts for the clients and witnesses to use. However, the judge was not convinced, because to him he was using a common tool. He didn’t see where Brindley was using this tool improperly. Read more
As a result, Brindley told reporters that this verdict is a victory for all criminal defense attorneys. The 37 year old lawyer, of course, was also emotional of this victory for him and for them all. Michael Thompson, another criminal defense lawyer who worked with Brindley, is also acquitted.
August 31, 2015 marked a great victory for attorney Beau Brindley and other criminal defense attorneys in Chicago. With attorney Beau Brindley being acquitted by a federal judge on multiple counts of obstruction of justice and perjury charges that appear to be bogus, and with all the hoopla associated with a FBI raid office that has deceased, criminal defense attorneys can now perform their jobs at peace, and as they swore to their oath.