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ARTICLE ID 189971

$________ – CIVIL RIGHTS – WRONGFUL CONVICTION – PLAINTIFF SPENDS 26 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT – FAILURE TO DISCLOSE EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE IN POSSESSION OF POLICE OFFICERS.

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

In this wrongful conviction, the plaintiff alleged that his civil rights were violated by the defendant city and its police officers when he was wrongfully arrested, convicted and imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit. After spending 26 years in jail, it was discovered that the true perpetrator of the murder had confessed years earlier to police officers who failed to disclose the information. The defendant denied the allegations and disputed the nature and extent of the damages alleged by the plaintiff.

On January 11, ________ two men robbed a McDonald’s restaurant and shot two armed security guards, killing one of them. The plaintiff was arrested by then officer Burge in connection with the crime. He professed his innocence throughout the arrest, trial and conviction. The evidence disclosed that the same officer arrested another man less than one week after the plaintiff’s arrest. That individual had in his possession at the time of his arrest the stolen .38 caliber gun that had been taken from the deceased security guard. The plaintiff contended that the defendant arresting officer never disclosed this evidence regarding the gun and in fact took action to intentionally withhold this evidence in the plaintiff’s trial.

As a result, the plaintiff was convicted for a crime that he did not commit. After the true perpetrator’s death, it was revealed that he had, in fact, years earlier confessed to the murder and it was covered up by the police officers involved. The plaintiff was released from prison and brought suit for wrongful conviction against the defendant city and its officers. The defendant denied the allegations and disputed that it was responsible to the plaintiff for damages relating to his wrongful conviction.The parties agreed to a settlement of $________ to compensate the plaintiff for his damages. The defendant city paid the settlement to the plaintiff.

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