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

In this civil rights matter, the plaintiff alleged that he was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit due to the defendants tainting the DNA evidence. The defendants denied the allegations.

The male plaintiff was convicted in ________ of a single assailant rape and armed robbery. The victim identified him in a lineup and in open court as the man who had used a knife to force her into her apartment hallway, where he sexually assaulted her and stole her money and jewelry. Together with the eyewitness identification, the defendant’s microanalyst testified that the plaintiff was among only 4.4% of the population that had the blood characteristics of the assailant. Based upon this evidence, the plaintiff was convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison. In ________, post-conviction DNA testing demonstrated that the plaintiff was not the assailant.

The plaintiff brought a civil suit against the defendant city and its employees alleging that the defendants had tainted the lineup and the victim’s identification and that forensic testing performed at the time of the trial would have excluded the plaintiff as the perpetrator, but no such testing was performed. The plaintiff also alleged that faulty procedures within the defendant’s crime laboratory and its policies were responsible for the forensic errors that wrongfully convicted the plaintiff. The defendants denied the allegations and disputed liability to the plaintiff.

The parties agreed to settle the plaintiff’s claim for the sum of $________. The parties agreed to settle the plaintiff’s claim for the sum of $________.

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