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Judge: $975,000 Bail for Ashford House 5 is 'Proper'

Despite defense attorneys' insistence that five men police say were among 18 who recently unleashed on a group of local diners are "upstanding citizens" with "longstanding ties to their communities," a judge denied their bail reduction motions Wednesday

Defense attorneys painted a volunteer-oriented, sympathetic picture Wednesday of the  accused in May of attacking a group of alleged white supremacists who were sitting down to eat in a .

Attorney Stuart Smith, who's representing John Tucker, 26, went so far as to say he believed the wrong group was arrested in the case, describing a "verbal argument that escalated," and outside court insisting the Five were acting in self defense. Suspects joining Tucker in front of Associate Judge Carmen K. Aguilar Wednesday were Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; Alex Stuck, 22; and Jason Sutherlin, 33.

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 to 37 counts related to mob action, armed violence, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. Police say the men, three of whom are brothers, stormed the Ashford House in on May 19, with their faces covered

They stood attentively in court with their hands held behind their backs, despite their lack of cuffs. Clad in tan jumpsuits, none of the men showed any visible reaction to their bail reductions being denied.

Smith described Tucker as a high school graduate who started college but left during his sophomore year because of health reasons. He provides food for needy people, Smith said, and has family members who are county commissioners and sheriff's deputies in Indiana. His record doesn't even include a traffic violation, he argued, asking for his client's $175,000 bail to be reduced to zero.

"There's absolutely no reason he should be held in custody or provide any bond since he doesn't pose a risk to the community," Smith said, adding that he would accept a "small bond regulated by electronic monitoring."

All five of said the group has friends in Cook County that have offered them places to say throughout court appearances, ensuring they wouldn't be a "flight risk."

The Sutherlins' attorneys said the three are responsible for taking care of their father, who had a slipped disk in his spine that caused nerve damage and is now confined to a wheelchair. 

"Dylan and his brothers actually provide most of his day-to-day care and since their incarceration, actually don't know how he's being taken care of," said defense attorney Brian Barrido, who is representing Dylan Sutherlin for whom bail was set at $175,000.

Aaron Goldstein, lawyer for Jason Sutherlin, said his client would be able to contribute next to nothing toward his $250,000 bail. He has a 20-month-old son to provide for, Goldstein said,  was "some time ago."

Attorney Sara Garber spoke on behalf of Stuck, whose bail stands at $175,000, and described his benevolence in much the same way the other lawyers did, adding that he is "working to promote social justice and equality." Stuck stood before the judge, unable to hide a tattoo across the front of his neck that says "vile" in capital letters.

Assistant State's Attorney Karin Swanson scoffed at some of the claims, apologizing that she didn't pull the defendants' traffic violations for the bond reduction hearing. She said nothing has changed in the status of the case or with the defendants.

She cited the indictment, describing the melee in the restaurant and the notion that the attackers also targeted random diners who were not sharing a table with the white supremacists.

"They smashed dishes and turned over tables in that restaurant," she said, later adding that a GPS device found in the car the Five were stopped in showed a planned route from Bloomington, IN, to the Ashford House. "A surveillance video of the incident shows the terror these defendants brought upon patrons and employees in that restaurant."

Aguilar stressed that she took all factors into consideration before ruling on the matter.

"Considering all that … and the new factors that were brought out … bond is proper in this case," she said.

A group of six of the defendants' supporters—three men and three women—looked deflated after the court appearance. All declined to speak, though when asked his reaction, one shrugged his shoulders and offered the word, "sadness."

The Five are due back in court at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 14.

Stay with Patch for extensive coverage on the Ashford House Attack.

TP Mom July 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
"Dylan and his brothers actually provide most of his day-to-day care and since their incarceration, actually don't know how he's being taken care of," Perhaps they should have thought about the potential consequences of their actions BEFORE. How come they're not flipping on the other participants??? Where are the other 15 or so thugs?
Mike Bates July 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Sure, don't we all arm ourselves with extendable batons, table legs, nunchucks and bats for self-defense? These poor innocents.
Steve Pollak July 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The reason the Ashford 5 aren't naming the other thugs is simple; in jail, Snitches Get Stiches!
Carrie Frillman July 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Police are still pursuing leads in hopes of charging other participants, TP Mom. I was told they have some really firm information pointing toward certain individuals, but having enough evidence to press charges is a different story. It remains under investigation and if anything changes, Patch readers will be first to know :)
cgocubs1 July 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
If they cared for tbeir dad so much that they provide all his care, why dont they pick up a phone and find out how he's doing and.who's taking care of him.
Ira Giveashit July 13, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Anti-white thugs travel across state lines to beat a group white people and other patrons sitting down to a peaceful meal together, and they are now innocents who care for their disabled father, didn't do nothing wrong? This incident was domestic terrorism against White Americans who have every right to expect the freedom to assemble afforded to every other individual and group in the USA. I hope they throw this anti-white trash under the jail. The keystone cops can't seem to find the other fifteen or so thugs? Give me a damned break they don't want to find them. These thugs are funded nation wide by the anti-white establishment. If they catch the wrong ones it might lead up to the powerful who are supporting their actions and no one in power would want that to happen. The police have been told to stand down and they are following orders like good like puppets.
College Professor July 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Anti-White, Anti-Race, Bolsheviks used to physically beat and attack people who simply wanted to be a part of their nation, Russia. They went on to genocide 50 million people, 1/3 of the population, who spoke out against the Bolshevik bully tactics. Anti-Race USSR Constitution led to the biggest genocide of the 20th century. One cannot set out to destroy the will of the people who like to congregate with their own kind. It is against Humanity. To destroy Race, to be Anti-Race, is to be against Humanity. The Tinley Park ARA attack was done by Domestic Terrorists operating under the neo-Marxist, neo-Bolshevik genocidal anti-race ideology.
Alistair July 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Good job Judge. Regardless of the color of the people they beat, gang violence is not okay. Were we to fill in any other race here, there would be no question. Lock them up and throw away the key. Unprovoked violence on people who were doing nothing to deserve violence.
Joe White July 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
These ARA scum's days are numbered, they are brainwashed. Why are they not being charged as domestic terrorist? The day of the rope is approaching fast! Black mobs attacking whites all across our once great country, and these ARA, are waking people up to this Anti-White crap, truly.I have never owned a slave, and see clearly!
Joseph Goebbels July 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I hope they are having fun with their new colored friends in the jail.
Joseph Goebbels July 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It's fine.
anthony July 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
cross comment on topics This one and done stuff with a stage name makes it look like 1 guy
Joe Malecki July 14, 2012 at 02:22 PM
put them in jail and throw away the keys.
Joe Malecki July 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
they should have thought of their personal responsibilities before they pulled a stunt like that...........give them 25 years apiec in the pen to teach them a lesson....PUNKS!
wendy matsuoka July 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I am not a white supremacist by any means, and I don't agree with the some of the numbskulls commenting against these terrorists, but I must say: this is TERRORISM by its /strictest/ definition, and I am extremely disturbed to discover through this case that these terrorists operate with the financing of the highest powers in our establishment, even with direct public funds (in Canada). It's simple: when you use violence to advance political goals, ESPECIALLY to discourage the peaceful political assembly of others, that is terrorism. That the FBI is not involved speaks volumes.
Chuck Kenedy July 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Yes it does speak volumes. It shows you how much control the White House, and the DOJ under Obama and Holder subvert justice when it is not a black that is the victim. Obama and all his oppointments are closet racists that hate White people. The great uniter is a sham racist divider. Whose only interest is furthering the cause of blacks, and diminishing the rights of Whites.
Flyover July 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Funny, in the US rarely have we seen violence committed by white supremacists. However, heinous crimes and bullying are perpetrated by so-called "anti-racist" thugs. In fact, I seem these gangs are a threat to free speech and right to assemble in our country. I would be interested to see who is mobilizing these groups (i.e. funding). Authorities should follow the money. The results may be Interesting.
Rev Steve Johnson July 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I think they failed to mention that its truly the Tinley Park Six. The Child molestor was found out to be an infiltrator from the terrorist side.
anthony July 20, 2012 at 09:59 PM
no proof denied
Rosenkr4nz July 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM
This group of thugs sound like your typical innocent left wing extremist terrorists.
Joe Malecki July 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
they ALL need to be punished severely. 25 years in jail for each would be proper punishment for these scoundrels. They need to be taugh a stern lesson!!!

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