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

Nation’s Longest Wrongfully Imprisoned Man & Co-Plaintiffs Win $18M Settlement with Cleveland

Largest Civil Rights Settlement in Ohio History Rickey Jackson Spent Nearly 4 Decades in Prison Due to Frame-Up by Cleveland Police CLEVELAND – After spending nearly 40 years wrongly imprisoned—one of the longest incarcerations of any exoneree in U.S. history–this morning Rickey Jackson and his co-plaintiffs, Kwame Ajamu and Wiley Bridgeman, announced an $18 million… Read More

King County Apologizes to Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Sheriff’s Dept.

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in a hail of bullets by King County Sheriff’s deputies, will receive a $2.25 million settlement and apology from King County for the death of their son. Also as part of the settlement, the Sheriff and the family will explore a partnership… Read More

Disgraced Cops Held Kids at Gunpoint, Ransacked Apartment, Falsified Search Warrants

Two new suits target City, recently convicted Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado, as wider scope of scandal begins to unfold CHICAGO – Irene Simmons, Micaela Cruz, and Ms. Cruz’s minor children sued disgraced Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier Elizondo, former Officer David Salgado, and other members of their tactical team for separate invasions of… Read More

Why Patrick Baker – an Innocent Man – Deserved a Pardon by Kentucky Gov. Bevin

While prosecutors and politicians spin conspiracy theories about Patrick Baker’s pardon, they completely ignore DNA and other compelling evidence proving his innocence Kentucky State Police officers who wrongly fingered Baker for murder have long histories of alleged misconduct LEXINGTON, KY – Patrick Baker was granted a full pardon on December 11, 2019 by outgoing Governor… Read More

Top Burge Associates & City Sued for Torture, Quarter Century of Wrongful Imprisonment

Then 18-year-old Arnold Day was framed by close colleagues of disgraced Cmdr Jon Burge and spent 26 years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit In a case that epitomizes Chicago’s decades-long legacy of police framing Black youth for crimes they didn’t commit, police perjury, and the destruction of exculpatory evidence, all while allowing serious… Read More

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