- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge at a rare bench trial heard competing accounts of a prominent criminal attorney charged with instructing clients and witnesses to lie on the stand.

A prosecutor accused Beau Brindley during closings Thursday of dozens of fabrications that distorted justice. Michael Chmelar (SCHMEL’-er) added Brindley “perpetrated” an “assault on the judicial system.”

Prosecutors say Brindley presented scripts of questions and falsified answers to clients and witnesses he told them to memorize for trial.

But Brindley’s lawyer, Cynthia Giacchetti, said she agreed lying is at the core of Brindley’s trial. But she says it’s Brindley’s former clients who lied when they testified for the government at Brindley’s trial.

The judge will decide a verdict at the bench trial. A lone perjury count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

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