- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A high-profile Chicago lawyer has denied at his own trial that he systematically coached witnesses and purported drug-dealer clients to lie.

Thirty-seven-year-old Beau Brindley took the stand Tuesday at his bench trial in Chicago federal court. He’s pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say Brindley wrote scripts in question-and-answer format to guide witnesses on how to lie.

But Brindley testified he employed the Q-and-As before trials precisely to ensure testimony was as consistent and accurate possible. And he insisted his overriding message to clients is always, in his words, “You have to tell the absolute truth.”

Brindley also discussed criteria he uses to decide whether to represent someone. One is that he won’t take on anyone willing to cut a deal with prosecutors and cooperate.

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