Cops Hit with Federal Lawsuit for Falsifying Evidence to Arrest Man for Murder

Joao Monteiro

PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Pawtucket cops and a Department of Health official are accused of falsifying DNA and other evidence that led to the false arrest of an immigrant father of four for a decades-old murder of a ten-year-old girl, according to a federal lawsuit filed here today. City of Pawtucket police officers Susan Cormier,… Read More

Lawsuit: 39 Years of Police Cover-up Sent Man to Prison

Todd County, Kentucky and Kentucky State Troopers Falsified Evidence, Withheld Exonerating Evidence To Frame Norman Graham BOWLING GREEN, KY – Attorneys for 74-year-old Clarksville, TN resident Norman Graham today filed suit in federal court here challenging nearly four decades of law enforcement harassment and arrests without probable cause that eventually sent him to prison for… 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

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

Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2016Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup is equal parts tragic and infuriating. Once again, it includes years of lives wasted in prison, stories of blatant official misconduct, and devastating miscarriages of justice in the name of the people. First, Loevy & Loevy client Jermaine Walker won a Certificate of Innocence in April, after a Cook County… Read More

When the One Percent Ruins It for All

The term ‘one percent’ is frequently associated with discussions about income inequality—those in the top one percent are rich beyond measure while the 99% are struggling to make ends meet. Economic inequality is an important topic that will be heavily debated during general elections, but today I want to talk about a different one percent—the… Read More

Police Contracts Protecting Misconduct

Police violence will end only when there are real consequences for bad cops – not just in the most extreme cases, but in all of the cases of unjustified police brutality. Unwarranted police violence happens regularly, but there are almost never any employment consequences for the officers. This is because in most cities, two types… Read More

Investigate Homan Square

If the mainstream media were to discuss a secret police bunker where suspects were “disappeared” – held against their will, without criminal charges, and subject to secret, violent interrogations – most people would likely think the bunker was in an authoritarian country lacking in constitutional protections like ours.  The media shies away from such coverage… Read More