Oscar Walden was arrested in 1952 and charged with rape
Oscar Walden v. City of Chicago – Oscar Walden was arrested in 1952 and charged with rape. He was convicted and spent 14 years in prison before being released on parole in 1965. In 2002, Walden received an “Innocence” pardon from Illinois Governor George Ryan. Walden then sued the City of Chicago claiming he was coerced into confessing to the rape and alleging that the City of Chicago had a policy and practice of coercing confessions from criminal suspects in 1952. After a week long trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the City of Chicago. Walden had been seeking $15 Million in damages.