Innocence Project Founder Seeks 'Conviction Integrity Unit'Conviction integrity units have sprung up recently in major metropolitan jurisdictions such as Dallas, New York, and Chicago. But a statewide team in Illinois would be a first nationally.
Judge Tosses Convictions Of Four More Men Framed By Corrupt Former CPD SergeantFour more men framed by a corrupt former Chicago police officer had their cases dismissed on Wednesday, the latest in a string of exonerations in drug cases brought by former Sgt. Ronald Watts.
14 More Men Framed By Corrupt Former Cop Ronald Watts To Be Cleared This WeekProsecutors will drop charges Monday against 10 more men allegedly framed by disgraced former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts, the fourth such mass exoneration linked to Watts and his team. Four more men with cases linked to the corrupt former cop will be exonerated later this week.
Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against 18 More Men Whose Convictions Are Tied To Corrupt Officer Ronald WattsEighteen men convicted of various drug charges will be exonerated next week, when Cook County prosecutors plan to drop charges tied to corrupt former police officer Ronald Watts.
15 Men Exonerated In Cases Tied To Corrupt Cop Ronald WattsAll 15 had filed a petition alleging Watts and his crew framed them between 2003 and 2008.
Kim Foxx Planning To Revamp Cook County Wrongful-Conviction UnitAiming to go beyond her predecessor in trying to end Cook County’s reputation as the “wrongful conviction capital of the U.S.,” State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tells the Chicago Sun-Times that revamping the way her office reviews such cases is among her top priorities.
'Dixmoor 5' Settle Lawsuit Against State Police For $40MFive 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.
'60 Minutes' Report: Feds Probing Chicago Police Interrogation TacticsThe 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.
'Dixmoor 5' Sue Over Wrongful Rape, Murder ConvictionsOnce, 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.
Class-Action Suit Filed On Chicago Police Torture ClaimsA 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.
Suburban Prosecutors: Wrongful Convictions Far Less Likely TodaySuburban 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.
Attorney: Lake County Is A Hotbed Of False ConvictionsWith four recent high-profile cases, a Waukegan defense lawyer says Lake County has become a hotbed of false convictions.
State Senate Committee To Discuss High Costs Of Wrongful ConvictionsAn Illinois Senate committee holds hearings Monday on the high cost of wrongful convictions.
Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A FortuneWrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.