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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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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