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ARTICLE ID 47403

$________ - CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION - FALSE ARREST - MALICIOUS PROSECUTION - PLAINTIFF ALLEGES THAT A SUGGESTIVE POLICE LINEUP CALLED A "SHOW-UP" RESULTED IN HIS ARREST FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT - DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

In this civil rights action, the male plaintiff alleged that the defendant police department and individual officers were negligent in causing his wrongful arrest and subsequent conviction for a crime he did not commit. The defendants denied any wrongdoing.

In ________, the male plaintiff, then 16 years old, was arrested and charged with rape of a female resident of the apartment building in which he resided. He alleged that he was convicted for the charges after the defendant police department conducted an unnecessarily suggestive lineup, called a "show-up," where the plaintiff was the only participant. The plaintiff further alleged that the defendant withheld exculpatory evidence related to that identification and other parts of the investigation. In ________, the plaintiff was exonerated by DNA evidence, his conviction was vacated and he received a pardon based on innocence from Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendants alleging a violation of his civil rights, false arrest and malicious prosecution as well as conducting an improper and suggestive lineup.

The defendant denied the plaintiff allegations of wrongdoing and contended that the procedures used were proper and met criminal justice criteria.

At the conclusion of the nine-day trial, the jury deliberated for one day before returning its verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant. The jury awarded the plaintiff the sum of $________.

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