Michael Evans Loses Final Bid For New Trial

Michael Evans has lost in his final bid for a new trial. The Seventh Circuit voted 6 to 5 to deny Evans’ request for a rehearing en banc. Evans had previously lost his Seventh Circuit appeal. In August 2006, a federal court jury found in favor of ten retired Chicago Police Officers and against Evans in his civil rights suit. Evans had contended that he was framed for the rape and murder of nine-year old Lisa Cabassa in 1976 and was seeking $60 million after having spent 27 years in prison before being released based on new DNA testing. Andrew M. Hale was the lead trial counsel for the ten retired Chicago Police Officers at trial.