“…defense attorney Sam Amirante said the evidence cited by prosecutors showed Tansey, the veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was defending himself.
“[Paterimos] storms out of the bar with another person… in tow, Mr. Tansey is walking down the street, minding his own business and this alleged victim [Paterimos] jumps him from behind, tackles him,” Amirante told the judge.”
Attorney Sam L. Amirante and Associate attorney Pam Curran proved that the evidence provided by the State did not warrant a First-Degree murder charge for this case. The jury deliberated and came back with a verdict of Not-Guilty of First-Degree murder.
“Defense attorney Sam Amirante, in his closing arguments, said prosecutors failed to prove that Platt’s actions amounted to first-degree murder. Amirante went for an all-or-nothing verdict, meaning jurors were not given the choice of finding Platt guilty of a lesser crime. Therefore, Platt, who had been out of jail on bond while he awaited trial, walked away free on Friday after the verdict.”
– Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2015