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

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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

The Fallout Continues from Massachusetts’ Massive Forensic Drug Lab Scandals

Last month, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General began notifying approximately 7,500 people that their drug convictions have been overturned. This is just the latest chapter in the fallout from two massive scandals that have unleashed chaos in the Massachusetts court system and have called into question the integrity and fairness of forensic science. Decades… 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

Class Action Suit Hits DCFS for Imprisoning Children in Psychiatric Hospitals

State cutbacks unjustly forced numerous youth into locked psych wards, causing many to relapse and costing Illinois millions of dollars Acting Cook County Public Guardian Leads Class Action Suit Against DCFS CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today was hit with a federal class action lawsuit for locking youth in… Read More

15 Wrongfully Convicted Men Sue City & Crooked Cops Who Framed Them

Lawsuits allege code of silence and come in the wake of the first mass exoneration in Chicago history This morning fifteen men whose convictions were overturned each filed separate lawsuits against the City of Chicago, high-ranking supervisors with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), recently imprisoned former Chicago police sergeant Ronald Watts, and members of Watts’… Read More

Jury awards $17 million to man framed by Chicago cops for 1988 murder

Jacques Rivera spent 21 years wrongfully imprisoned after he was framed by notorious Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara. Jacques Rivera hunched forward at the courtroom table Friday and pressed his forehead to the fingertips of his folded hands, whispering a prayer as the jury filed in. When the verdict was read — more than $17 million… Read More