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ARTICLE ID 188293

$________ – CIVIL RIGHTS – WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT – VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS – MALICIOUS PROSECUTION – PLAINTIFF IS IMPRISONED IMPROPERLY FOR OVER A DECADE FOR A MURDER HE DID NOT COMMIT.

U.S.D.C. - Northern District of Illinois

In this civil rights matter, the plaintiff alleged due process and malicious prosecution claims against the defendants after spending 16 and a-half years in prison for a murder he did not commit. The defendants denied the allegations and maintained that the plaintiff was the guilty party.

The plaintiff was convicted at the age of 13 for a gang related murder. The guilty conviction was based on four eyewitnesses that were procured by the defendant police detective. Following an investigation by the Center on Wrongful Convictions of the Northwestern Law School, several of those eyewitnesses recanted their testimony. This resulted in the plaintiff’s conviction being invalidated. He was released from prison with a Certificate of Innocence in ________ after spending 16 and a-half years in prison on the murder charges.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant city and the defendant detective alleging that the defendants coerced eyewitnesses into making false identifications and ignored evidence that would have proved the plaintiff’s innocence. The plaintiff maintained that in particular, the defendants ignored the taped confession of another man who confessed to the crime. The plaintiff alleged a violation of his due process rights, malicious prosecution and emotional distress as a result of spending almost two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.

The defendants denied the allegations. The defendants maintained that the plaintiff was indeed guilty of the crime and the taped confession was a sham. The defendants contended that there were eyewitnesses that claimed to have seen the plaintiff commit the crime.The matter was tried over a period of 12 days. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant. The jury awarded the plaintiff the sum of $________ in compensatory damages.

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