- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge at a bench trial in Chicago says he’ll return with a verdict next week in the case of a prominent attorney charged with instructing clients and witnesses to lie.

Judge Harry Leinenweber said after closing arguments Thursday he’ll have a decision in Beau Brindley’s case on Monday.

The 37-year-old Brindley faces multiple counts of obstruction and perjury. One count of perjury alone carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

Prosecutor Michael Chmelar (SCHMEL’-er) said the fabrications by Brindley distorted justice in half-a-dozen criminal cases. He said Brindley gave scripts of falsified answers to clients and witnesses that he told them to memorize.

Brindley’s lawyer, Cynthia Giacchetti, agreed lying was at the core of the trial. But she said it was Brindley’s old clients who lied as government witnesses against Brindley.

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