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Defense attorney criticizes lawmakers' involvement in Varughese case

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- The lawyer for murder suspect Gaege Bethune sends a letter to lawmakers, urging them to stop meddling in the case.

Steve Greenberg criticized a group of lawmakers: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), and State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago).

He said they tried to influence the Illinois Attorney General's office in regards to a complaint filed against Judge Mark Clarke.

In September, Judge Clarke tossed out a jury's guilty verdict against Bethune in the February 2014 killing of Pravin Varughese.

Lovely Varughese, Pravin's mother, said she asked each lawmaker to call the Attorney General's office and urge it not to intervene in the appeal of Judge Clarke's decision.

The Illinois Supreme Court declined to hear the complaint last week.

Bryant said she called the Attorney General's office, but only to find out what it was going to do in regards to the Illinois Supreme Court complaint. She said she never intended to interfere with the case itself, and if Greenberg feels she did anything wrong, he should report it to the Office of the Executive Inspector General.

Bryant added that she's been friends with Varughese since before Bethune was indicted, and she attended multiple memorials for Pravin.

Greenberg declined to comment further, saying the letter speaks for itself.

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