A lawyer for police officer Anthony Abbate — videotaped beating up a female bartender — signaled today his client might plead guilty.
Abbate’s lawyer Peter Hickey requested a “402 conference,” in which prosecutors, defense counsel and a judge discuss a possible plea deal.
Here's what we'll guess at:
- misdemeanor plea
- no jail time or minimal (under 180 days?)
- heavy community service - over 200 hours?
- resignation as part of the deal
Why? Again, we'll guess that Hickey and his client can see the writing on the wall. This is a heater case, a loser in the hands of a jury and even worse in the Cook County Courts where the Machine holds sway. It's also a loser in front of the Police Board where the mayor calls all the shots and since this is the very case that drove Daley to pick an outsider, J-Fed isn't going to play any games with this one. The civil suit will bankrupt Abbate anyway and the City will be out of it completely as he was off duty and not acting in any official capacity.
Avoiding prison is the only issue here.