- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A high-profile defense attorney in Chicago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he encouraged a witness to lie on the stand in an ultimately failed bid to win an acquittal for his purported cocaine-dealer client.

At an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Beau Brindley, 36, pleaded not guilty to multiple perjury counts, a count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to obstruct. The obstruction of justice count alone carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

Brindley allegedly told the witness to lie about what she knew and to react surprised to questions that prosecutors would ask her at Alexander Vasquez Jr’s 2009 trial. During the trial itself Brindley asked if he’d ever coached her testimony; she denied it, according to the indictment.

At Wednesday’s hearing. U.S. District Harry D. Leinenweber agreed to allow Brindley to remain free on a $4,500 bond. The bond conditions include a prohibition on traveling outside the United States. Brindley also had to surrender his passport.

Jurors convicted Vasquez of conspiring to possess more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. The trial judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

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