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ARTICLE ID 189179

$________ – CIVIL RIGHTS – PLAINTIFF IS RELEASED AFTER SPENDING EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL ON A WRONGFUL CONVICTION FOR MURDER – PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

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

In this civil rights matter, the plaintiff alleged that he was both wrongly convicted and wrongly incarcerated for eight years for a crime that he was proven to have not committed. The plaintiff alleged that he sustained both physical damages and emotional distress as a result of being wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. The defendant denied any wrongdoing and disputed liability.

The plaintiff was convicted of a ________ murder based upon tainted eyewitness identification. The 35-year-old male plaintiff was accused and convicted of stabbing a man in a drug related incident on the south side of Chicago. The plaintiff was allegedly identified by three eyewitnesses and was convicted of the crime, despite his persistent statements that he was innocent and had never ever even seen the man he was accused of murdering.

He was incarcerated for eight years in the Cook County jail and the Illinois Department of Corrections. He maintained his innocence throughout those years and his post-conviction proceedings. The plaintiff was able to obtain the laboratory report regarding the alleged murder weapon, a knife, which ultimately exonerated him based upon DNA evidence.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant city, the individual police officers involved and the employee at the Illinois Crime Lab that dealt with the examination of the murder weapon. The plaintiff alleged that he was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully incarcerated for a crime that he did not commit. The plaintiff contended that as a result of his wrongful conviction and incarceration, he sustained both physical damages and emotional distress. The defendants denied the allegations of wrongdoing and disputed any liability to the plaintiff.The matter was resolved in a settlement between the parties. The plaintiff received $________ from the State of Illinois on behalf of the defendant crime lab employee and the sum of $________ from the City of Chicago.

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