State`s attorney who allegedly bit man`s leg back in court

State`s attorney who allegedly bit man`s leg back in court

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Cook County prosecutor Sarah Naughton found herself on the wrong side of the courtroom Wednesday.

Naughton is on trial for allegedly attacking and biting a man outside North Side lingerie store Tabou Taboo. Her meltdown was caught on cell phone video and went viral on YouTube last September.

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The prosecutor-turned-defendant watched quietly as the manager of that store testified about a drunken and bloody confrontation.

Naughton is standing trial on nine counts, including battery, assault, resisting arrest and official misconduct.

Her boyfriend, Attorney Bradley Gould, faces four counts, including battery and disorderly conduct. The only witness was store manager Dina Pineda, who testified both Naughton and Gould were heavily intoxicated when they stumbled into Tabou Taboo after a Cubs game.

Pineda says the couple got angry when they were asked to leave, and Naughton pulled a badge out of her purse saying "you can't do this to me. I'm a state's attorney."

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After leaving the store, she says the couple began banging on the windows and then attacked an employee on the sidewalk who was trying to calm them down.

Pineda testified Naughton bit the man on the leg, and Gould, who had been hit in the head, began smearing his blood on the store's windows.

Attorneys for the couple told a very different story during opening statements, saying it was the store employees who were acting aggressively and that Naughton and Gould were just trying to defend themselves.

Because of Naughton's position in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the case has been shadowed by questions of political clout.

FOX 32 News reported on a voice mail message left by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney on the cell phone of the store's owner, asking that he stop talking about the case to reporters.

Tunney denies trying to throw his clout around for Naughton, saying he was just trying to tone down the rhetoric surrounding the case.

The trial continues Thursday, with never-before-seen police video of Naughton in the back of a squad car, supposedly shaking off her handcuffs and kicking the seats.

Naughton is still employed by the state's attorney's office, though she's no longer trying cases until her case is resolved.

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