Wrongful Conviction Costs Man 20 Years

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Jacques Rivera spent more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  Now he’s out, but his troubles are far from over. While eventually Rivera should get some compensation from the State of Illinois – a bit under $1000 for each of the years he wrongfully spent behind bars – in the… Read More

Bias Prompts Washington State to Halt Executions

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With more than half of its death sentences over-turned since re-instituting capital punishment in 1981, on Tuesday the governor of Washington State halted all executions indefinitely, citing what he called “problems that exist in our capital punishment system.” Governor Jay Inslee said he was “not convinced equal justice is being served” by the death penalty,… Read More

Imprisoned 6 Months Without a Bond Hearing

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It sounds like a scene out of Guantanamo Bay.  Pro-longed detention without a bond hearing, let alone a trial.  But the legal fiction that it’s okay because Gitmo isn’t technically U.S. soil, propounded by both the Bush and Obama Justice Departments, doesn’t apply here. That’s because the mass detentions are in Massachusetts. And it’s not… Read More

Are We Suburbanizing Chicago’s Problems?

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CHICAGO — The front page of Sunday’s and today’s Chicago Tribune recounts the dysfunction that is government in suburban Harvey, Illinois – a scandal-ridden police force that might do something when there’s a serious crime, terrorized residents dealing with violence on a scale that matches the most dangerous of Chicago neighborhoods, and equally sketchy political… Read More

Record Year for Exonerations in 2013, But Not Why You Think

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Since 1989, DNA evidence launched a revolution in America’s criminal justice system, prompting a wave of exonerations of wrongfully convicted men and women.  Yet despite a record number of exonerations last year, DNA evidence played a much lesser role than in previous years, according to a new study by the National Registry of Exonerations, a… Read More

Crime and Excessive Punishment

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The Constitutional protection against “cruel and unusual punishment” should mean that going to prison for committing a crime does not equate to a death sentence. And yet that’s what a series of disturbing reports published this week by Polk Award-winning journalist Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel point to for some prisoners in the Wisconsin… Read More

Man Who Lost 2 Decades of His Life Behind Bars Sues City

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Daniel Taylor, framed by Chicago police, was in their custody when the crime they imprisoned him for occurred CHICAGO – In 1992, 17-year-old Daniel Taylor was in police custody on a disorderly conduct charge.  At the same time, someone committed a double-homicide, yet Taylor ended up spending more than half his life in prison for… Read More

Having to prove your innocence, again and again…

Getting released from prison is but the first step on a long path for wrongfully convicted men and women. Full justice and compensation require our clients to prove their innocence again and again. When Jacques Rivera proved his innocence and finally was released from prison in 2011, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s… Read More