Cook County Prosecutors Drop Drug Charges In Crooked-Cop CaseProsecutors dropped the charges against Ben Baker, 43, who was convicted in the case nearly a decade ago, based in part on the testimony of crooked Chicago cop Ronald Watts.
Chicago Cop Sues Sergeant Who Accused Him Of Sexual AssaultOfficer Juan Belmontes filed the lawsuit Monday. In April 2013, Belmontes was charged with sexually assaulting a Chicago Police sergeant while at an apartment in Woodlawn. Three weeks after the charges were filed and Belmontes posted a $2,500 bond, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office declined to further prosecute him.
Suit: Man Spent 21 Months In Jail On Fabricated Murder ChargeA South Side man who spent nearly two years in jail on a murder charge is suing six members of the Chicago Police Department who, a new lawsuit says, willfully disregarded evidence that would have exonerated him almost immediately.
Freed Inmate Sues Northwestern, Others For $40M For Coercing False ConfessionA 64-year-old man who was freed from prison last year, after prosecutors dropped charges in a 1982 double murder case, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University, accusing a former professor and his team of railroading him into a false confession.
Feds Drop Bank Fraud Charges, State Rep. Ford Pleads Guilty To Tax ChargeIn a rare and surprising move, federal prosecutors have dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges against state Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), and allowed him to plead guilty instead to a single misdemeanor tax charge.
Former Joliet Man Coming Home After Honduras Drops Smuggling ChargesA former Joliet resident who was held for nearly two months in a prison in Honduras has been freed and is on his way out of the country, after the government dropped weapons charges against him and other crew members of a salvage ship.
Charges Dropped In Fatal 2008 Hit-And-Run Due To False ConfessionPsychiatrists on both sides of the case have determined David McCarthy gave a false confession when he said he was the one behind the wheel when 20-year-old Melissa Lech was struck and killed as she was walking down a street in Joliet on Aug. 7, 2008.
Charges Dropped Against Man Who Brought Gun To PGA TournamentMark Fedder's defense attorney provided evidence, including a letter from the district attorney in St. Joseph County, Ind. and verification from the Mishawaka Police Department, that Fedder left the department on good terms and had a federal permit to carry a gun in areas that most civilians cannot.
Gun Charges Dropped Against Former Ald. Sharon DixonLast year, a Cook County judge ruled that Dixon was unfit to stand trial on charges alleging she approached Chicago Police officers outside the 10th district with a loaded gun in the spring of 2013.
Woman Accused Of Hurting Baby Suing City After Charges DroppedA woman once accused of injuring an infant she was babysitting is suing the city and two Chicago Police officers after charges against her were dropped.
Wife Helping Tio Hardiman Get Career Back On TrackIn their first TV interview together since the scandal broke, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman and his wife talk about the night he was arrested for beating her, why she dropped the charges, and the doubters.
Former CeaseFire Director's Wife Drops Domestic Violence ChargesFormer CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman’s wife has dropped the domestic violence charges that led to his ouster from the nationally-renowned violence prevention group.