Private Attorneys for 'Tinley Park 5' Express Sympathy for Anti-Racist Cause

The National Lawyers Guild was helpful in pairing at least some of the Ashford House attack defendants with attorneys who are sympathetic with anti-racist causes. Arraignment was postponed until June 21.

last month have hired six attorneys to defend them against the laundry list of charges they've been indicted on.

Authorities allege that "The Tinley Park Five" were overtook the Ashford House restaurant, throwing chairs and .

READ: Our extensive local coverage on the Ashford House Attack.

Each of the Five have been indicted on 37 total counts of mob action, armed violence, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property, but arraignment was held until June 21.

What little evidence the Cook County Public Defender’s Office has received since May—subpoenaed records and a CD—was turned over to respective defense attorneys in court Tuesday.

Cody Sutherlin, 23, Dylan Sutherlin, 20, Alex Stuck, 22, John Tucker, 26, and Jason Sutherlin, 33, .

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Inside the courtroom, prosecutors asked Judge Joan O’Brien for permission to collect DNA samples from each of the defendants and test it against some of the evidence police collected from the Ashford House. They include gloves and hats, shirts, spring-loaded weapons, pieces of broken wood and stains on the sidewalk.

The process of comparing DNA is also known as "consumption" because samples can only be tested once before being destroyed. Some attorneys argue that consumption violates the Constitutional right of due process.

Assistant state’s attorney Michael Deno, lead prosecutor, declined to say why the state was pushing to consume DNA evidence before the men had pleaded.

Judge O’Brien told prosecutors to make preparations but told the defense she would hear their objections in more detail on the next court date.

At least two of the six private attorneys were contacted by “a hodge podge of individuals (and) certain affiliations,” namely the National Lawyers Guild, according to Aaron Goldstein, who is representing Jason Sutherlin.

That also includes Stuart Smith, who said he accepted Tucker’s case for free because he sympathizes with .

“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said of working on this case without pay.

Cody Sutherlin’s attorney, James Fennery, said he defended a man on misdemeanor charges that allege he interrupted the Chicago stop on Holocaust-denier David Irving’s tour in 2009.

Other attorneys distanced themselves from the ARA specifically while expressing solidarity for what they stand for. Goldstein enforced the fact that he was representing an individual, not an organization, but said any affiliations the Five or the victims possess would certainly be relevant to the case.

Stuck is being defended by two attorneys, Lawrence Jackowiak and Sara Garber, whom declined to speak about the case.

Several people that came to quietly show support for the Five also declined to talk to reporters, including one bespectacled, long-haired man in a drab "Justice for Carlos Montes" shirt, who added: “They told me say, ‘No comment.’"

A blog post titled "Call to Action: Pack the courtroom for June 12 appearance," which also appeared on the ARA website, instructed sympathizers not to speak at the courthouse with anyone they didn't know.

Updated at 1:46 p.m. on June 13 with more information on the indictment

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White Rabbit June 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
It isn't an 'anti-racist' cause it's an anti-White cause. The people who were attacked at the restaurant were attacked because they were White and meeting with other Whites. This was a blatant violation of their rights including the right to peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of speech. The violent thugs who attacked the restaurant are neo-bolshevik terrorists. They claim to be 'anti-racist' but what they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
BearsFan72 June 12, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I think the Chicago court system should be worrying more about the string of murders and rapes going on instead of a bunch of nazis getting a few cuts bruises. How much is all this DNA testing going to cost taxpayers? They should make these kids pay for the damages to the restaurant and then send them back to Indiana where they belong.
Mike June 12, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The Tinley Park terrorists are going to be in jail for a long time. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for defending these racist Nazi scum.
Brenna Wolf June 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM
This moron called them 'Nazi's, .... where did that comer from? Because they are White? Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White. Calling someone a Nazi because they are White is slander, you creep. Get a fecking life.
Brenna Wolf June 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
You are an idiot Mike. Am I Nazi because I am White. Where is my rial. Why is it OK to assault me you freak.
Mike June 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
They are Nazis not only because they are white but because they attacked innocent people eating at a restaurant just for the color of their skin.
Mike June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
If the terrorists had attacked any other race of people, it would be a hate crime. But the Nazis only target white victims because they know that the blame will land on the victims.
Baba Wawa June 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM
It's the Cook County court system, numbnuts.
JJR June 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Okay, guys. Read the news stories. The Nazis are the ones who were attacked, by equally misguided anti-Nazis.
Mike June 13, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I have heard from more reliable sources that the victims were not Nazis and that the attackers were the Nazis. The symbols on their website are from are German-based organization http://www.antifa.de/.
Jon Patash June 13, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Many seem to have forgotten that 15-20 ARA thugs were involved in the attack against the diners. And we see no mention of ongoing attempts to apprehend those still on the loose. Kinda makes me wonder. Also find myself wondering about two of the victims: a retired Chicago police officer (clubbed in the head by a hammer-wielding thug), and an 80-year-old woman knocked to the floor by one of the ARA's finest (s-c-u-m).
babeth kopf June 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This is 2012 not 1960 the racist people need to STOP. We are all red on the inside. There are mean people of all race, just as there are very nice people of all race. I also think we are missing some info. What was the group meeting about? What did they do in the past to deserve to become a victim? Why did the attackers do this in public? Innocent people were in there and got hurt. We should all be fearful because people that do that are careless and hatefull.
Shannon_Friend June 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM
These attackers have well earned LONG prison terms. I have no brief for white supremacists (if that is what some of the attacked people were) but their repugnant beliefs have NOTHING to do with it. How ironic that these thugs call themselves "anti-fascist" and behave EXACTLY like fascists in Europe before World War II--going into restaurants and beating up people whose views they do not like. Off to prison, scum.
Shannon_Friend June 13, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I bet you are somehow related to one of the vicious scum that perpetrated this attack, and hoping to agitate for leniency here. The details do not support leniency. Even leaving aside their intended victims, these thugs attacked with pipes the owner of the restaurant and a number of patrons who were in the restaurant having lunch, and caused an elderly lady to have a heart attack. I say 15 years in the big house is the MINIMUM just sentence for an attack like this.
Shannon_Friend June 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Well the thugs who attacked the restaurant may pretend to be "anti-Nazi" but their behavior is identical to the Hitler brownshirts whose marauding in Germany in the 1930s helped usher in tyranny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilung If you think it matters whether thugs think of themselves as extreme-left or extreme-right, you have never read any history. Communists always call themselves "anti-fascist" and fascists always call themselves "anti-communists", and they are all a danger to a free society.
Shannon_Friend June 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Just a thought: I wonder if these "free" volunteer lawyers are, for ideological reasons, going to be doing their best to dissuade each of the perps from pleading guilty to a reduced sentence in return for testifying against the other 15 or 20 perps? If they had public defenders, they'd be told "for god's sake, take the plea, dude, and save yourself!" but one could imagine how these far-left "free" lawyers might instead be trying to save the far-left organization they belong to. How many years of extra hard time in Illinois prison will these guys do because they got such wonderful free legal representation? If that's what's happening here, it sure gives new meaning to the saying "you get what you pay for", LOL!
Stanley Stinks July 31, 2012 at 08:51 AM
I think you are very confused on the situation here, the victims were called Nazis due to the White Nationalism ideas of the group. The attackers were kids claiming to be anti- fascist or anti-nazi's because they are also confused as to what reality is.
Rosenkr4nz August 31, 2012 at 06:55 AM
The attorneys "volunteered" because the ARA groups must keep quiet about their silent partners, the ADL, SPLC, and B'nai Bris. I'm sure the attorneys are being compensated. I hope the truth comes out.
JJR August 31, 2012 at 01:37 PM
B'nai BRIS? lol
Mimereader2 November 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Let the courts decide how we should settle our disputes with this case, because if the system ever signals it can't act justly - because it's broken beyond repair - then a whole lot more of this would burst forth and sweep away what remains of the civilized world.


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