The Arc of My Education Into Wrongful Convictions

I have been representing the criminally accused for nearly fifteen years—the entirety of my legal career. The first four years of my career were as a public defender—representing indigent Chicagoans on appeals of their criminal convictions. This included both direct appeals immediately after their convictions as well as appeals of dismissals of post-conviction or collateral… Read More

8 More Wrongfully Convicted People Sue Disgraced Former Police Sgt. Ronald Watts, His Team, & the City

Ida B. Wells housing project

82 convictions overturned in last 3 years as Members of Watts’ Team Remain with CPD and Taxpayers Continue to Pay Their Salaries CHICAGO – Eight more men framed by disgraced former Chicago police sergeant Ronald Watts and members of Watts’ tactical team sued the current and former cops and the City of Chicago late this… Read More

Chicago’s Police Corruption Continues to Haunt it as Det. Reynaldo Guevara Victim Sues for his 23 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Robert Bouto

Illinois led the nation in exonerations last year for wrongful convictions; Robert Bouto was one of those exonerees   Bouto was 17 years old when he was wrongly put behind bars for more than half of his life CHICAGO – Robert Bouto, who spent more than half of his life in prison thanks to a frame-up… Read More

Seattle-Area Cops Sued for Killing Unarmed, Elderly Chinese Immigrant

Issaquah, WA Officers Entered Wengsheng Leng’s Apartment Without a Warrant, Threw Him on to a Couch & Pulled His Arms Behind His Back, Breaking His Spine SEATTLE – The widow of a slight, 66-year-old Chinese immigrant man killed late last year by two Issaquah, WA police officers filed suit in federal court here yesterday, charging… Read More

An Appreciation Post: To all the Wonderful Women who do it all

Maybe it’s because it’s #WCW smack in the middle of Women’s History Month. Or, because I saw people from across the globe celebrate their heroes on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Or perhaps it’s because I just finished absorbing this beautiful tribute to Miquita, the ‘Abuelita de Pilsen’ on this week’s issue of Hoy.  Whatever… Read More

Disability and Law Enforcement: the Importance of Accommodation

The United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to be treated with dignity, equality, and respect.  This obviously includes individuals, like myself, who have a disability. Too often, I read about law enforcement interactions with disabled people gone terribly wrong.  It’s tragic and heartbreaking for a lot of reasons, but for me, knowing that… Read More

Prison Reform: The Heat is on to Turn the Heat ON

  On January 27, 2019, as folks across the country burrowed in for record-breaking low temperatures, the heat and electricity at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn went out. A federal detention center run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, Brooklyn’s MDC is home to about 1,600 detainees at any time. For the most part,… Read More

The Great Ape Debate: Do Nonhumans Deserve Civil Rights?

While traditional discussions of civil rights and legal personhood tend to conjure thoughts of wronged prisoners and corporate tax write-offs, a global network of professionals are fighting to change that idea to include something a little less human. Believe it or not, for more than two decades lawyers, primatologists, anthropologists and others have led a global… Read More