Wrongly Convicted Man to Get $3.4 Million

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Maurice Patterson never got the apology he wanted from the judge who sentenced him to 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. But he’s about to get something more valuable from Chicago taxpayers: a $3.4 million settlement. On Tuesday, the City Council’s Finance Committee will be asked to sign off on… Read More

Burge Victim Who Did 26 Years to Get $10 Million

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Chicago will pay $10.25 million to compensate a man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit because of an alleged cover-up engineered by now-convicted former Area 2 Commander Jon Burge. The 11th-hour settlement with Alton Logan will head off a trial that could have forced Burge to testify in… Read More

Taking On Donald Rumsfeld

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Donald Vance thought he was doing the right thing. A U.S. citizen working in Iraq, Vance and a fellow contractor say they alerted U.S. officials to suspected illegal activity by their employer, an Iraqi security company, including alleged payments to Iraqi sheiks and involvement in illegal arms-trading. Far from being praised, the two whistleblowers found… Read More

Ex-Obama Aide Sues Cops, Gold Coast Restaurant

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A former official in Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign on Monday accused police of improperly arresting him on charges he sexually assaulted a hostess at Tavern on Rush restaurant in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Craig Huffman, who was an assistant treasurer for Obama’s 2004 campaign, was acquitted of the criminal charges. He filed a federal… Read More

Aurora Sued Over False Conviction

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A man freed after spending more than a decade wrongly imprisoned for murder has sued Aurora, alleging police manipulated evidence that resulted in his conviction. The federal civil suit was filed Tuesday in Chicago on behalf of Jonathan Grayson of Aurora, who was formerly known as Jonathan Moore. It names Aurora, along with eight police… Read More

Burge Victim Freed

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On the same day former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge went to prison for lying about torture, a judge Wednesday ordered the release of a man serving a life sentence because Burge’s detectives allegedly beat a confession from him in a 1986 double murder. An attorney for Eric Caine, 45, presented Judge William Hooks with… Read More