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Illinois Wrongful Convictions

Two Men Convicted for Drug Crimes That Never Happened

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 03.15.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Innocent people are convicted of crimes that never even happened. These are worst case events that show what happens when the justice system goes completely off the rails. This is true whether a man is convicted of a low-level misdemeanor crime or a more serious felony offense.

Juan Rivera, Exonerated, Files Lawsuit Alleging He Was Framed By Police

Posted 10.31.2012 | Chicago

Juan Rivera Jr., who was exonerated in January of three murder convictions, is suing law enforcement officials in Lake County alleging they framed Riv...

Wrongfully Convicted Man Awarded $25 Million In Damages

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

In what is believed to be one of the most substantial verdicts in the city's history, a federal jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million in damages to a ma...

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released After 2 Decades Behind Bars

Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago

A man convicted three times of and sentenced to a life prison sentence in the 1992 stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl was released Friday after aut...

Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Released After 21 Years In Prison

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man convicted in 1988 of killing a gang member and sentenced to 80 years in prison was released Tuesday after the purported crime's only eye...

How F***** Up Is This?

David Protess | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony McKinney and Armando Serrano are serving long prison terms for murder. Both were wrongfully convicted. And Cook Co. prosecutors have turned their fight for freedom into a bizarre sideshow.

The Price of Injustice: Wrongfully Convicted Deserve Full Compensation

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The State of Illinois owes a debt to the innocent people who have been convicted in our justice system of crimes they didn't commit and then been forced to serve years of wrongful imprisonment.

Governor Candidate Ryan Says Sorry For Wrongfully Putting Two Men On Death Row

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE McKINNEY AND ABDON M. PALLASCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan issued his first outright apology Thursday for wrongfully putting two men on Death Row instead of prosecuting the...

Another Burge Torture Case Crumbles: 2 Convicted In 1988 Murder To Go Free

Chicago Sun-Times | RUMMANA HUSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Attorney General's Office today dropped charges against two men convicted of five murders two decades ago....

Illinois Wrongful Conviction Tab Tops $100 Million

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rob Warden

The only accountability has been the taxpayers' -- perhaps deservedly so, given that it is they who have tolerated, and continue to tolerate, widespread police and prosecutorial malfeasance.