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Wrongful Convictions

The "Dixmoor Five" were men who were wrongfully convicted of a murder they didn't commit. (CBS)

‘Dixmoor 5′ Settle Lawsuit Against State Police For $40M

Five men wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in the infamous “Dixmoor 5” case have agreed to settle their federal lawsuit against Illinois State Police for $40 million.

06/25/2014

Terrill Swift speaks to CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts about his wrongful conviction for the 1994 rape and murder of a prostitute. Swift, 17 at the time he was interrogated by police, says he was coerced into confessing with a promise he'd be able to go home if he admitted he did it. (Credit: CBS)

’60 Minutes’ Report: Feds Probing Chicago Police Interrogation Tactics

The U.S. Justice Department has been conducting an investigation into the interrogation practices at the Chicago Police Department, and “60 Minutes” is about to break the story wide open.

CBS 2–12/07/2012

The "Dixmoor Five" were men who were wrongfully convicted of a murder they didn't commit. (CBS)

‘Dixmoor 5′ Sue Over Wrongful Rape, Murder Convictions

Once, they were teenagers — convicted of the 1991 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Dixmoor. Now, the “Dixmoor Five” are adults: freed from prison by DNA, and they are suing authorities who investigated the case.

10/17/2012

Jon Burge

Class-Action Suit Filed On Chicago Police Torture Claims

A group of attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday to demand new hearings for scores of imprisoned men who claim their confessions were extracted through torture at the hands of Chicago police officers.

10/16/2012

Prison fence

Suburban Prosecutors: Wrongful Convictions Far Less Likely Today

Suburban prosecutors say they are satisfied that it is now a lot more difficult for someone to be wrongfully convicted of a crime than it was years ago.

CBS Chicago–05/25/2012

Jail/Prison

Attorney: Lake County Is A Hotbed Of False Convictions

With four recent high-profile cases, a Waukegan defense lawyer says Lake County has become a hotbed of false convictions.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee To Discuss High Costs Of Wrongful Convictions

An Illinois Senate committee holds hearings Monday on the high cost of wrongful convictions.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

Prison fence

Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A Fortune

Wrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011