Jason Van Dyke's Defense Lawyer Vows to 'Keep Fighting' After Verdict - NBC Chicago

Jason Van Dyke's Defense Lawyer Vows to 'Keep Fighting' After Verdict

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    Van Dyke Lawyer Describes Trial as 'Heavyweight Title Fight'

    “You went into a heavyweight title fight against Mike Tyson with both hands tied behind your back, and you’re still standing.”

    (Published Friday, Oct. 5, 2018)

    After his client Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, defense attorney Dan Herbert praised him as the “one of the toughest” people he’s ever met.

    In a press conference after the verdict was read, Herbert described the trial as a “heavyweight title fight,” and confirmed that his client will appeal.

     “You went into a heavyweight title fight against Mike Tyson with both hands tied behind your back, and you’re still standing,” he said. “That guy is the toughest man I’ve ever met in my life.”

    Jason Van Dyke's Lawyer Speaks Out After ConvictionJason Van Dyke's Lawyer Speaks Out After Conviction

    The defense attorney for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke speaks out after his client was found guilty of second degree murder. 

    (Published Friday, Oct. 5, 2018)

    After the verdict was read, Van Dyke was taken into custody and had his bond revoked, and will remain in custody until he is sentenced.

    In spite of the conviction, Herbert says that he sees ways forward as he seeks to get the verdict overturned.

    “We have a lot of legal challenges ahead of us,” he said. “We see that as an inconsistent verdict. We’re certainly going to revisit the issue of change of venue, and we are going to look at this verdict and see what our options are.”

    Even outside of the verdict itself, Herbert says that his legal team is happy that Van Dyke and his family “have their life back.”

    Van Dyke's Lawyer Explains Relief for Family After VerdictVan Dyke's Lawyer Explains Relief for Family After Verdict

    Jason Van Dyke's lawyer reacts to the verdict against his client, saying that he's relieved on behalf of the officer's family. 

    (Published Friday, Oct. 5, 2018)

    “We’re relieved that we’re not looking at a death sentence, but we know that we can get even better and perhaps throw everything out,” he said.

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