|Screenshot of police photos of Tinley Park terrorists|
-- Top Row, left to right: Cody Sutherlin, Jason Sutherlin and Dylan Sutherlin
-- Bottom Row, left to right: Alex Robert Stuck and John Steve Tucker
Five of the ARA activists who launched the terrorist attack on the Illinois European Heritage Association in Tinley Park, Illinois appeared in court on June 12th, 2012. Appearing were Cody Sutherlin, Jason Sutherlin, Dylan Sutherlin, Alex Robert Stuck, and John Steve Tucker, all residents of Indiana. And one of the lawyers on the defense team is the former defender of the now-imprisoned ex-Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.
According to the Tinley Park Patch, the original purpose of the hearing was the arraignment of the suspects. During the hearing in Bridgeview, a Cook County assistant state's attorney said a grand jury returned an indictment for the men. Each defendant faces 37 felony counts including armed violence, aggravated battery, property damage and mob action. The prosecutor also said they intend to seek DNA samples from the men to test an axe-like weapon, a hammer, a wooden chair leg, swabs of stains from a sidewalk, clothing, hats and gloves. The arraignment was re-scheduled for June 21st; all five are expected to enter not guilty pleas at that time. All continue to be held in lieu of bail. Each defendant was accompanied by a private attorney by their side, and four of the attorneys said they're representing their clients for free.
The defense attorneys spoke to media after the hearing. Representing Jason Sutherlin is Aaron Goldstein (who also defended former Governor Rod Blagojevich), who implicitly criticized Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez for "representing white supremacists". Representing John Steve Tucker is Stuart Smith, who said he is sympathetic to the anti-racist movement. Representing Cody Sutherlin is James Fennery (may actually be James Fennerty), who said he defended a man on misdemeanor charges that allege he interrupted the Chicago stop on Holocaust Revisionist David Irving’s tour in 2009. And representing Alex Robert Stuck is Larry Jackowiak, who said his firm agreed to take the case for free because it believes in fighting racism. The Tinley Park Patch reports that Stuck is also being defended by Sara Garber.
Apparently the ARA have no problem with the fact that one of their lawyers, Aaron Goldstein, defended one of the most corrupt governors in Illinois history.
In response to a call by ARA for supporters of the Tinley Park Five to "pack" the courtroom, only about a dozen showed up, and one didn't seem too enthusiastic, merely saying "I'm here for the five, but they told me I'm supposed to say no comment". The TinleyPark blog falsely claimed that "white supremacists" threatened to show up and do harm to the antifa; the examples they cite don't support their contention.
Workers World conducted an interview with a representative of the Hoosiers Anti-Racist Movement (HARM), the group with which the Tinley Park Five were affiliated. This interview provides a portal into the twisted, malevolent psyche of the antifa movement. HARM complained about the lack of support from the Southern Poverty Law Center, claiming the SPLC threw them under the bus. HARM also complained about the Chicago Tribune publishing the pictures of the Tinley Park Five in their newspaper.
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