Falsely Accused of a Murder That Shook Up Small Town, Man Sues Those Who Framed Him

Nicholas McGuffin being released from prison. Photo courtesy of Nicholas McGuffin.

Police fabricated evidence and the lab hid exculpatory DNA, sending Nicholas McGuffin to prison for a crime he didn’t commit PORTLAND, OR – A man wrongfully sent to prison for manslaughter filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against police and other officials in Coquille, Oregon and surrounding jurisdictions for manufacturing false evidence and hiding… Read More

15-Year-Old Framed by Chicago Det. Reynaldo Guevara Sues City

Demetrius Johnson, center

Exonerating Evidence Found in Secret CPD “Street File” City Has Spent Almost $50 Million and Counting Defending Lawsuits Against Guevara and His Partners CHICAGO – Demetrius Johnson filed a federal lawsuit today laying out evidence that disgraced former Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara and the Chicago Police Department framed him for a murder he did… Read More

Nevada Attorney General Seeks to Needlessly Endanger Elderly, Mentally Ill Exoneree

AG Aaron Ford’s Office insists that the nation’s longest wrongfully-imprisoned woman must testify in person despite pandemic Cathy Woods was wrongfully imprisoned over 35 years before being exonerated by DNA evidence pointing to a known serial killer RENO, NV – Attorneys for Cathy Woods expressed outrage today and in recent filings that Nevada Attorney General… Read More

Lawsuit Seeks Access to DNA Evidence That May Identify the Innocent

CHICAGO – The Exoneration Project, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted, has sued the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit seeks access to DNA “hit notifications,” which may provide information that could identify and free innocent prisoners. A DNA hit… Read More

Protesters File Class Action Suit Against Denver Over Police Violence and Curfew Arrests at Protests

Without Warning, Denver Police Repeatedly Assaulted People with Weapons That Pose Particular Threats During the Pandemic DENVER – The City and County of Denver face a federal, class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of all protestors over alleged wrongful curfew arrests and unconstitutional assaults that Denver Police made on peaceful protesters and following the… Read More

The killing of Tony Robinson shows need to drastically reduce police interactions

Tony Robinson, Jr. shortly before being killed by Madison police

By Anand SwaminathanReprinted from the Wisconsin State Journal Tony Robinson was an unarmed, 19-year-old African American shot and killed by a Madison police officer on March 6, 2015. Because of overwhelming evidence that Robinson’s shooting was not justified, the city agreed to a record settlement. Robinson died more than five years ago, but his case… Read More

Police Sued for “Execution Style” Killing

Auburn, WA cop has long history of violence, including the alleged unlawful killing of another man last year SEATTLE, WA – The police department and an Auburn, WA police officer with a lengthy record of alleged brutality were sued in federal court here today for allegedly killing an already-subdued man “execution style.” The killing took… Read More

Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Settles Federal Civil Rights & Open Meetings Act Lawsuit

Board of Education Agrees to Critical Reforms CHICAGO – Community members who were physically prevented from making comments critical of Hinsdale High School District 86’s Board of Education’s sweeping curriculum changes during a December 2019 public meeting have reached agreement with the current board. Last night the board voted to approve settlement of the federal… Read More

Mother and Children Separated and Detained in Different States File Lawsuit Challenging Treatment

Family seeks justice from federal government and Chicago-area shelter contractor CHICAGO, IL — A Honduran family seeking asylum at the border has filed a lawsuit against the United States challenging their forced separation, and the harsh and inhumane treatment they suffered. The children were 14- and 5-years old when federal immigration officers—without warning or explanation—separated… Read More

Two Black Men, Railroaded as Teenagers Into Wrongfully Serving Most of Their Adult Lives Behind Bars, Sue Chicago Police

Two Black men who were wrongfully imprisoned most of their adult lives today sued Chicago Police in federal court for fabricating evidence against them and suppressing evidence of their innocence. Each were sentenced to 31 years in maximum security prison and served more than 16 years behind bars. John Fulton and Anthony Mitchell, who were… Read More