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Eric Caine

Police Torture Victim Beats City Hall But Cuffed by Suburban Cops

David Protess | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine had millions of reasons to smile, so why the glum expression when we met at our favorite eatery on July 25? The previous day, the Chicago City Council had approved a $10 million settlement of his lawsuit against Comdr. Jon Burge and the cops who tortured him into falsely confessing to a double murder in 1986.

Costs Spiral in Police Torture Scandal

David Protess | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine was wary of man's best friend, but he took a job as a dog-walker because he needed the money. Besides, work was hard to come by for a 45-year-old just released from prison after 25 years -- even though he hadn't committed the crime.

Victims of Injustice Grateful at Thanksgiving

David Protess | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

As Thanksgiving approached, I caught up with five of the subjects of my stories in the last year and asked them the same question: What, if anything, are you grateful for? Here is what they said, accompanied by snapshots of their ordeals.

Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan's First Vote for President

David Protess | Posted 01.07.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The ring tone on his cell phone blared the '60s hit, "Hold On, I'm Comin'." Recognizing his girlfriend's number, Eric Caine anxiously took the call. "It's OK," Tina reassured him. "You're on the voter rolls."

The Price of Freedom

David Protess | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

What do we owe an innocent prisoner after he is freed? Apparently nothing in the 27 states with no laws to compensate the wrongfully convicted.

Alleged Victim Sues City, Burge Over Police Torture, Wrongful Convict

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

An alleged victim of torture at the hands of former Chicago police head Jon Burge filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against both the city and Burge over...

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

David Protess | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

If you're convicted of a crime you didn't commit, good luck getting compensation for your time behind bars.

Tortured by Police, Wrongly Imprisoned, Chicago Man Perseveres

David Protess | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

For a man who has been dealt an horrific fate, Eric Caine remains undaunted. He speaks of a hopeful future. Perhaps that is because his future has brightened in recent months. But perhaps it is also because his past is too painful to discuss.

Alleged Torture Victim Released From Prison As Ex-Cop Linked To His Beatings Reports To Jail

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As a former Chicago police commander reported to federal prison Wednesday for lying about the torture of murder suspects decades ago, ...