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CHICAGO (AP) _ A rare obstruction-of-justice trial of a lawyer accused of instructing clients and witnesses to lie is concluding in Chicago.

Thirty-seven-year-old Beau Brindley is to testify for a second day Wednesday in a federal courthouse where he’s practiced law for years. The defense is expected to rest later in the day.

Attorneys rarely face charges related to representation of clients, in part, because attorney-client privilege shields them from scrutiny.

But prosecutors say Brindley instructed clients and witnesses in multiple cases to lie at trial, including by allegedly giving them scripts with likely questions and false answers he told them memorize.

Brindley testified Tuesday that the Q-and-As weren’t how-to guides to lying but standard records he used to ensure testimony was consistent and accurate.

Several of the former clients testified against Brindley.

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