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

Suit Filed Against Bureaucratic Incompetence Preventing On-Time Release of Inmates Amidst Pandemic

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – A lawsuit filed today against the head of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Secretary James LeBlanc, seeks justice and rightful compensation for thousands of Louisianans unlawfully held in prisons and jails well past their legal release dates, due only to bureaucratic incompetence. Secretary LeBlanc–who has known for years that the Department… 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

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

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

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