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wrongful conviction – innocence pardon/innocence certificate cases

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(27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl

Evans v. City of Chicago, et al. (27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. He was convicted and spent 27 years in prison before being released in 2003 based on DNA testing. Evans received an “Innocence” pardon from Illinois more »

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(26 years in prison) Jerry Miller was arrested for rape in 1982 and spent 26 years in prison before DNA testing showed he was innocent of the crime

Miller v. City of Chicago, et al. (26 years in prison) Jerry Miller was arrested for rape in 1982 and spent 26 years in prison before DNA testing showed he was innocent of the crime. Miller received an “Innocence” pardon from the Illinois Governor and then sued several retired Chicago police officers claiming, among other more »

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(14 years in prison) 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

Walden v. City of Chicago (14 years in prison) 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 more »

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(27 years in prison) Paul Terry was arrested in 1977 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl

Terry v. City of Chicago, et al. (27 years in prison) Paul Terry was arrested in 1977 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. His friend, Michael Evans, had been arrested the year before. He was convicted and spent 27 years in prison before being released in 2003 based more »

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(16 years in prison) Thaddeus Jimenez was arrested in 1993, at the age of 13, and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 16 year old

Jimenez v. City of Chicago, et al. (16 years in prison) Thaddeus Jimenez was arrested in 1993, at the age of 13, and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 16 year old. He was convicted in 1993, received a new trial, and was convicted again in 1997. In 2006, one of the more »

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(21 years in prison) Ronald Kitchen (along with Marvin Reeves) was convicted in 1988 of the murder of two women and three children

Kitchen v. City of Chicago, et al. (21 years in prison) Ronald Kitchen (along with Marvin Reeves) was convicted in 1988 of the murder of two women and three children. Based on allegations that he was tortured into confessing, Kitchen was released from prison in 2009 and received a certificate of innocence from the presiding more »

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(26 years in prison) Alton Logan was convicted in 1983 of shooting and killing a security guard at a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago

Logan v. City of Chicago, et al. (26 years in prison) Alton Logan was convicted in 1983 of shooting and killing a security guard at a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago. In 2007, attorneys for Andrew Wilson came forward and disclosed that their client, Mr. Wilson, had admitted to the McDonald’s killing years ago. Based on more »

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(20 years in prison) Marvin Reeves (along with Ronald Kitchen) was convicted in 1988 of the murder of two women and three children

Reeves v. City of Chicago, et al. (20 years in prison) Marvin Reeves (along with Ronald Kitchen) was convicted in 1988 of the murder of two women and three children. Based on allegations that a witness against him was tortured into identifying Reeves as one of the killers, Reeves was released from prison in 2009 more »

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(23 years in prison) Michael Tillman was convicted in 1986 of murdering a woman in an apartment building in Chicago

Tillman v. City of Chicago, et al. (23 years in prison) Michael Tillman was convicted in 1986 of murdering a woman in an apartment building in Chicago. Based on claims that he was tortured into confessing, Tillman was released from prison in 2010 and received a certificate of innocence from the presiding judge of the more »

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wrongful conviction: non-innocence pardon cases

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David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery

Fauntleroy v. City of Chicago, et al. – David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery. Based on allegations that he was tortured into confessing, Fauntleroy filed a post-conviction petition in 2009 which was granted and his convictions were vacated and he was released from prison. Fauntleroy has now sued several retired more »

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coerced confession

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David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery

Fauntleroy v. City of Chicago, et al. – David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery. Based on allegations that he was tortured into confessing, Fauntleroy filed a post-conviction petition in 2009 which was granted and his convictions were vacated and he was released from prison. Fauntleroy has now sued several retired more »

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In 2000, Larry Scott was questioned regarding a murder and subsequently confessed to the crime and was convicted

Scott v. City of Chicago, et al. – In 2000, Larry Scott was questioned regarding a murder and subsequently confessed to the crime and was convicted. In 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court held that Scott’s confession was not sufficiently attenuated from his illegal arrest and reversed his conviction. The State then dropped the case against more »

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denial of medical care

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Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense

Smith v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense. Smith, however, claimed that several Chicago police officers “stomped” on his fingers. He filed a civil suit alleging excessive force, failure to intervene, and failure to provide medical care. After a jury trial, more »

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excessive force

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Plaintiff Christopher Monroe – one of the suspected shooters – alleged he was punched in the face several times and kicked in the face several times

Chicago police officers responded to a call of shots fired at 6702 S. Green at approximately 2:30 a.m. Officers chased a suspected gunman into the residence. Plaintiff Christopher Monroe – one of the suspected shooters – alleged he was punched in the face several times and kicked in the face several times. Plaintiff Marlin Anderson more »

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Esteban Santiago alleged that Chicago police officers threatened to cut off his genitals with a box cutter before they sliced his inner thigh and finger

Santiago v. City of Chicago, et al. – Esteban Santiago alleged that Chicago police officers threatened to cut off his genitals with a box cutter before they sliced his inner thigh and finger. Although Mr. Santiago produced photographs of his alleged injuries, his case was voluntarily dismissed after defense attorneys uncovered medical records that proved more »

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wrightv

Plaintiff Andrea Wright brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual police officers alleging that she was falsely accused of driving drunk, and that she was physically accosted in a police station

Wright v. City of Chicago, et al., 09 C 3531 – Plaintiff Andrea Wright brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual police officers alleging that she was falsely accused of driving drunk, and that she was physically accosted in a police station. Extensive discovery conducted by defense attorneys showed that Wright was more »

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hallv

Plaintiff Ricardo Hall alleged that he was falsely arrested and struck in the head and body

Hall v. City of Chicago, et al., 09 C 2400 – Plaintiff Ricardo Hall alleged that he was falsely arrested and struck in the head and body. After conducting discovery that corroborated the Defendants’ version of events, Hall voluntarily dismissed his case.

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edwardsvford

Plaintiff Donald Edwards brought suit against five officers and the City of Chicago, alleging that he was beaten in the course of an arrest while he was parked in his car committing no wrongful acts

Edwards v. Ford, et al., 09 C 3578 – Plaintiff Donald Edwards brought suit against five officers and the City of Chicago, alleging that he was beaten in the course of an arrest while he was parked in his car committing no wrongful acts. Defendants had a much different story, and said that Edwards matched more »

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palmerv

Plaintiff Robert Palmer brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual police officers

Palmer v. City of Chicago, et al., 09 C 0904 – Plaintiff Robert Palmer brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual police officers. Palmer alleged that he was on the way to the White Sox game by himself, when officers allegedly stopped him for no reason, accused him of scalping tickets, and more »

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murrayv

Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct

Murray v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct. A finding of no probable cause was made by the criminal court and Murray then filed a civil suit against two Chicago police officers alleging that he was never in possession of crack more »

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smithv

Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense

Smith v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense. Smith, however, claimed that several Chicago police officers “stomped” on his fingers. He filed a civil suit alleging excessive force, failure to intervene, and failure to provide medical care. After a jury trial, more »

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failure to intervene

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David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery

Fauntleroy v. City of Chicago, et al. – David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery. Based on allegations that he was tortured into confessing, Fauntleroy filed a post-conviction petition in 2009 which was granted and his convictions were vacated and he was released from prison. Fauntleroy has now sued several retired more »

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smithv

Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense

Smith v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gregory Smith was arrested for possession of narcotics and plead guilty to that offense. Smith, however, claimed that several Chicago police officers “stomped” on his fingers. He filed a civil suit alleging excessive force, failure to intervene, and failure to provide medical care. After a jury trial, more »

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false arrest

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Officers recovered a shotgun and handgun from a first floor closet and a handgun from a second floor bedroom

Chicago police officers responded to a call of shots fired at 6702 S. Green at approximately 2:30 a.m. Officers chased a suspected gunman into the residence. Officers recovered a shotgun and handgun from a first floor closet and a handgun from a second floor bedroom. Marlin Anderson and Marilyn Anderson were charged with possession of more »

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mensahv

City of Chicago wins three court cases against police

The city won three cases in federal court on Thursday, all involving allegations against the police department. The legal victories are evidence that the city’s strategy to aggressively fight “meritless” lawsuits — rather than settle them – is working, said an attorney whose firm won two of the verdicts for the city Thursday. In 2009, more »

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sandersv

Stephan Sanders alleged that he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted on gun charges in an effort by police to cover up the fact that an off-duty police officer pulled a gun on him during a during a traffic stop and used racial epithets

Sanders v. City of Chicago, et al. – Stephan Sanders alleged that he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted on gun charges in an effort by police to cover up the fact that an off-duty police officer pulled a gun on him during a during a traffic stop and used racial epithets. The lawsuit was more »

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davisvdieball

Willie Davis brought suit against the City of Chicago and several officers alleging that they falsely arrested him and charged him with possession of a gun and drugs that were not his

Davis v. Dieball, et al., 09 C 2804 – Willie Davis brought suit against the City of Chicago and several officers alleging that they falsely arrested him and charged him with possession of a gun and drugs that were not his. Defendants allege that they stopped Davis in his car, and found him in possession more »

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glasperv

Michael Glasper was convicted in 2006 for armed robbery of an employee at a City of Chicago parking garage

Glasper v. City of Chicago, et al. – Michael Glasper was convicted in 2006 for armed robbery of an employee at a City of Chicago parking garage. Glasper was convicted at a bench trial but was able to obtain a new trial and was then acquitted after a jury trial. Glasper then sued several Chicago more »

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murrayv

Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct

Murray v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct. A finding of no probable cause was made by the criminal court and Murray then filed a civil suit against two Chicago police officers alleging that he was never in possession of crack more »

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vensonv

Jeremy Venson was arrested for selling crack cocaine

Venson v. City of Chicago, et al. – Jeremy Venson was arrested for selling crack cocaine. However, due to the small drug amount involved, a finding of no probable cause was made at his preliminary hearing. Venson then sued several Chicago police officers alleging that he never had any drugs and was falsely arrested. After more »

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lanza

Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females

Lanza v. City of Chicago, et al. – Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females. Lanza confessed while in police custody. In 2007, another offender confessed to the same crimes and in 2008 the State dropped all charges against Lanza. Lanza has now sued several Chicago police officers and a more »

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malicious prosecution

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Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct

Murray v. City of Chicago, et al. – Gary Murray was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and reckless conduct. A finding of no probable cause was made by the criminal court and Murray then filed a civil suit against two Chicago police officers alleging that he was never in possession of crack more »

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Jeremy Venson was arrested for selling crack cocaine

Venson v. City of Chicago, et al. – Jeremy Venson was arrested for selling crack cocaine. However, due to the small drug amount involved, a finding of no probable cause was made at his preliminary hearing. Venson then sued several Chicago police officers alleging that he never had any drugs and was falsely arrested. After more »

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lopezv

Jose Lopez was charged with murder based on a shooting that took place on 26th Street in Chicago

Lopez. v. City of Chicago, et al. – Jose Lopez was charged with murder based on a shooting that took place on 26th Street in Chicago. Lopez was acquitted at his criminal trial and then sued several Chicago police officers claiming that they framed him for the murder. After his federal claims were dismissed, Lopez more »

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lanza

Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females

Lanza v. City of Chicago, et al. – Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females. Lanza confessed while in police custody. In 2007, another offender confessed to the same crimes and in 2008 the State dropped all charges against Lanza. Lanza has now sued several Chicago police officers and a more »

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scottv

In 2000, Larry Scott was questioned regarding a murder and subsequently confessed to the crime and was convicted

Scott v. City of Chicago, et al. – In 2000, Larry Scott was questioned regarding a murder and subsequently confessed to the crime and was convicted. In 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court held that Scott’s confession was not sufficiently attenuated from his illegal arrest and reversed his conviction. The State then dropped the case against more »

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monell claims

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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 more »

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fauntleroyv

David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery

Fauntleroy v. City of Chicago, et al. – David Fauntleroy was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery. Based on allegations that he was tortured into confessing, Fauntleroy filed a post-conviction petition in 2009 which was granted and his convictions were vacated and he was released from prison. Fauntleroy has now sued several retired more »

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lanza

Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females

Lanza v. City of Chicago, et al. – Dany Lanza was arrested in 2001 for sexually assaulting two minor females. Lanza confessed while in police custody. In 2007, another offender confessed to the same crimes and in 2008 the State dropped all charges against Lanza. Lanza has now sued several Chicago police officers and a more »

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motions to dismiss

jacksonv

Plaintiff alleged that he was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted on robbery charges based on perjured police testimony

Jackson v. Visvardis, et al. – Plaintiff alleged that he was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted on robbery charges based on perjured police testimony. The defendants prevailed on a motion to dismiss based on plaintiff’s guilty plea, even though it was to a lesser charge.

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moserv

Brian Moser alleged that he was falsely arrested, beaten, and discriminated against by Chicago police officers during a domestic dispute

Moser v. Gounaris, et al. – Brian Moser alleged that he was falsely arrested, beaten, and discriminated against by Chicago police officers during a domestic dispute. After extensive litigation, defense attorneys secured a dismissal based on Mr. Moser’s repeated violations of discovery rules.

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rosasv

Jorge Rosas alleged that two officers curbed his car, pulled him out, and beat him with asps for no reason

Rosas v. Oppedisano, 09 C 3605 – Jorge Rosas alleged that two officers curbed his car, pulled him out, and beat him with asps for no reason. The officers quickly prevailed on a motion to dismiss based on Rosas’s guilty plea for resisting arrest.

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evansvtavares

Plaintiff, Russell Evans, brought suit against several individual officers and the City of Chicago for alleged violations of his civil rights

Evans v. Tavares, et al., 09 C 2817 – Plaintiff, Russell Evans, brought suit against several individual officers and the City of Chicago for alleged violations of his civil rights. Evans alleged that the three officers arrested him without incident, but charged him with possession of cocaine that wasn’t his. The officers responded that they more »

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boydvmack

Plaintiff, Robert Boyd, brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual Chicago Police Officers for conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and malicious prosecution

Boyd v. Mack, et al., 09 C 2629 – Plaintiff, Robert Boyd, brought suit against the City of Chicago and several individual Chicago Police Officers for conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and malicious prosecution. Plaintiff’s case did not get very far, however. Judge Gottschall dismissed plaintiff’s case at the motion to dismiss stage after more »

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negligence

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Domenica Saverino alleged that officers Nicholas Argentine and Joseph Fallon negligently failed to protect and supervise prisoner Robert Maday

Domenica Saverino alleged that officers Nicholas Argentine and Joseph Fallon negligently failed to protect and supervise prisoner Robert Maday. Mr. Maday was being transported from a Kankakee Correctional Facility to court, when Mr. Maday escaped custody while they were working as state’s attorney investigators in Sept. 2009. During Maday’s escape, Defendant Robert Maday took hostage more »

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police shootings

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After a traffic stop, Alston struggled with several Chicago police officers and was charged with attempting to disarm a Chicago police officer

Alston v. City of Chicago, et al.. – After a traffic stop, Alton struggled with several Chicago police officers and was charged with attempting to disarm a Chicago police officer. During the struggle, Alston was shot in the stomach. Alston’s first criminal trial resulted in a mistrial and Alston was acquitted at his second criminal more »

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unlawful detention

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Larry Nelson sued four Chicago police officers alleging the officers pulled his vehicle over and briefly detained him for no reason

Nelson v. City of Chicago, et al. – Larry Nelson sued four Chicago police officers alleging the officers pulled his vehicle over and briefly detained him for no reason. He also claimed the officers threatened to kill him. After a jury trial, the jury found in favor of the Chicago police officers on all counts.

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unreasonable search / illegal seizure

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Larry Nelson sued four Chicago police officers alleging the officers pulled his vehicle over and briefly detained him for no reason

Nelson v. City of Chicago, et al. – Larry Nelson sued four Chicago police officers alleging the officers pulled his vehicle over and briefly detained him for no reason. He also claimed the officers threatened to kill him. After a jury trial, the jury found in favor of the Chicago police officers on all counts.

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violations of due process: brady, substantive, procedural

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(27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl

Evans v. City of Chicago, et al. (27 years in prison) Michael Evans was arrested in 1976 and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. He was convicted and spent 27 years in prison before being released in 2003 based on DNA testing. Evans received an “Innocence” pardon from Illinois more »

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(26 years in prison) Jerry Miller was arrested for rape in 1982 and spent 26 years in prison before DNA testing showed he was innocent of the crime

Miller v. City of Chicago, et al. (26 years in prison) Jerry Miller was arrested for rape in 1982 and spent 26 years in prison before DNA testing showed he was innocent of the crime. Miller received an “Innocence” pardon from the Illinois Governor and then sued several retired Chicago police officers claiming, among other more »

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notable non-police cases

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Maureen Baker, et al. v. Jewel Food Stores and Dominick’s Finer Foods (Class Action Alleging Price Fixing Over Milk Prices In Chicago)Andrew M. Hale represented the plaintiffs in this consumer class action lawsuit brought against Chicago’s two largest grocery stores

Maureen Baker, et al. v. Jewel Food Stores and Dominick’s Finer Foods (Class Action Alleging Price Fixing Over Milk Prices In Chicago)Andrew M. Hale represented the plaintiffs in this consumer class action lawsuit brought against Chicago’s two largest grocery stores, Dominick’s and Jewel, alleging they were conspiring to fix and inflate the retail prices of more »

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alsdorfvbennigson

Alsdorf v. Bennigson, Case No. 04 C 5953 (Picasso painting stolen by Nazis)Andrew M. Hale was retained as local counsel on behalf of the defendant Thomas Bennigson

Alsdorf v. Bennigson, Case No. 04 C 5953 (Picasso painting stolen by Nazis)Andrew M. Hale was retained as local counsel on behalf of the defendant Thomas Bennigson, a California resident who claimed that he was the rightful owner of Picasso’s painting “Femme en blanc” (“Woman in White”). Chicago resident Marilyn Alsdorf purchased the painting from more »

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