POLL: Should Lawyers Take Anti-Racists' Cases Pro Bono?
At least four of six lawyers representing the "Tinley Park 5" have agreed to take on the cases without pay. We want to know what you think about those decisions and whether you sympathize with the Anti-Racist Action plight.
The "Ashford House Five" are due back in court for arraignment on Thursday, when they'll have their six private defense attorneys by their side.
Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; Alex Stuck, 22; John Tucker, 26; and Jason Sutherlin, 33; all of Indiana, are accused of beating a group of unsuspecting white nationalists May 19 at a family-owned restaurant in Tinley Park. Each has been indicted on 37 total counts of mob action, armed violence, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. And at least four of their attorneys have agreed to take on the suspects' cases for free, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Attorney Stuart Smith said he accepted Tucker’s case without pay because he sympathizes with Anti-Racist Action (ARA), a network of militant left-wing groups which took credit for the Ashford House attack. Aaron Goldstein, who is representing Jason Sutherlin told Patch earlier this month that taking the case pro bono was "just the right thing to do."
Two people are representing Alex Stuck but neither revealed to Patch whether they were collecting payment. However, one in the duo, defense attorney Larry Jackowiak, reportedly told the Tribune that the decision to take the case was an easy one because he believes in fighting racism.
These attorneys have not been shy about their sympathy for the anti-racist cause.