19th Innocent Person Framed by Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara Sues City After 16 Years Behind Bars

Guevara and other Chicago police officers used the same jailhouse informant to frame five innocent men CHICAGO – In what has become an avalanche of suits exposing the misconduct of Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara and the immeasurable harm that he and his colleagues have inflicted on citizens of Chicago, today a 19th person exonerated… Read More

Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Seattle Area Sheriff’s Dept. Files Federal Suit

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in 2017 by suburban Seattle sheriff’s deputies as they fired shots into the rear of his body, late today filed a federal lawsuit against King County, Washington and County Sheriff’s Deputies Det. Michael Garske, Sgt. Todd Miller, Det. Joseph Eshom and Det.… Read More

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

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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

Jon Burge 2.0 Victim Sues City for 20 Year Wrongful Imprisonment from Age 15

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Close Colleagues of Notorious Police Torturer Jon Burge Sued for Frame-Up of Youth CHICAGO – A man framed for murder at age 15 by close colleagues of notorious torturer Cmdr. Jon Burge today sued the City of Chicago for a beating and false confession to murder forced out of him by the Chicago Police detectives. … Read More

Man, Wrongly Imprisoned for 3 Decades, Sues Cops & Firemen Who Framed Him

Victor Rosario Attempted to Save the Victims of a House Fire, But Instead Was Wrongfully Convicted of Causing Their Accidental Deaths  LOWELL, MA – Victor Rosario, a man who spent 32 years, more than half of his life in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, today filed state and federal lawsuits against Lowell, MA police… 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

BREAKING: CPD Officials Hit for Not Producing FOIA’d Private Emails About City Business, Including Van Dyke Case

Journalist Brandon Smith Asks Court to Hold Current & Former CPD Officers in Contempt Courts have repeatedly ruled that use of private email accounts for City business are subject to FOIA disclosures CHICAGO – Independent journalist Brandon Smith today filed motions to hold several top current and former Chicago Police Officials in contempt of court… Read More