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

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

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Narrow Framing of Officer Conduct That Might Lead to Liability for Malicious Prosecution

Quoting an amicus brief submitted by prominent former prosecutors who were represented by Loevy & Loevy, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court’s grant of summary judgment for defendants on a claim for malicious prosecution in Beaman v. Freesmeyer, No. 122654, last Thursday. The plaintiff, Alan Beaman, had been wrongfully convicted of murdering his… 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

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