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US judge acquits Chicago lawyer of coaching clients to lie

A high-profile Chicago lawyer was acquitted Monday of coaching clients and witnesses to lie, with the federal judge who oversaw the rare trial saying some practices that prosecutors questioned were, in fact, the mark of good legal work. The FBI office raid and prosecution of Beau Brindley created unease among area attorneys, some of whom feared it could prompt lawyers to back away from zealous defenses of clients. An emotional Brindley bit his lip and produced a broad smile after Judge Harry Leinenweber announced the verdict at the bench trial, a surprise because federal prosecutors win convictions in the vast majority of cases. "This is a victory for all criminal defense...

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