Tinley Park 5 Updates
The Tinley Park 5 have obtained attorneys:
“I don’t know if it’s hard or not for Ms. Alvarez to represent white supremacists,” said defense attorney Aaron Goldstein, who is representing Jason Sutherlin. “I know I don’t represent white supremacists.”
The six defense attorneys, who work for five different firms, said they volunteered to represent the men even though none of the defendants can afford legal services.
Defense attorney Stuart Smith said he agreed to represent Tucker because he is sympathetic to the anti-racist movement.
“I’m doing this for free because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
Defense attorney Larry Jackowiak, who is representing Stuck, said his firm took the case because it believes in fighting racism.
“It was an easy decision to make,” he said.
Most of these pro-bono social justice-seeking attorneys at least pretend that their ultimate goal is to ensure due process. But these attorneys are quite explicit in their reasons for supporting the Tinley Park 5. They just don’t like white supremacists. They don’t even seem to be denying that their clients were involved in the attack, merely that white supremacists deserve to be attacked.
It should also be made clear that the state attorney wouldn’t be “representing” the attacked white supremacists. They’re representing the people of the State of Illinois which includes some of the bystanders and staff who were injured in the Tinley Park incident.