BREAKING: Federal Jury Slams Chicago in One of the Highest Wrongful Conviction Awards in U.S. History

In one of the highest awards of its type in U.S. history, a 12-member federal jury today following a month-long trial found the City of Chicago and its current and former police officers liable for $22 million in compensatory damages and $40,000 in punitive damages. Fields spent the majority of his 18 years in prison… Read More

Touch DNA and Wrongful Convictions

In exonerating the wrongfully convicted, DNA is often a conclusive way of proving a person’s innocence. DNA testing on biological evidence left behind by a rapist or murderer can show that the actual culprit’s DNA does not match the DNA of the person who was convicted of committing the crime. When that happens, we know… Read More

Wrongfully Convicted Indiana Man Seeking Innocence-Based Pardon Files Petition in Face of Gov. Pence Inaction

Indiana Pardon & Parole Board unanimously recommended two years ago that Governor Pence pardon Keith Cooper  Trial prosecutor and Republican representative from district where crime occurred sent letters urging Pence to grant pardon Elkhart, IN – Attorneys for a wrongfully man who spent over a decade in maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t… Read More

Chicago Heights in One of the Largest Individual Wrongful Conviction Settlements in State History

Rodell Sanders Wins $15 Million for 20+ Wrongful Years Behind Bars A federal judge this morning approved one of the largest-ever individual wrongful convictions settlements in Illinois history. Rodell Sanders spent more than 20 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, for which there was no physical evidence linking him to the… Read More

Man, Wrongfully Imprisoned 21 Years Due to Police Misconduct, Sues City of Lynn and Police Officers Who Investigated the Crime

Angel Echavarria today

LYNN, MA—Released one year ago today following his exoneration for a murder that he did not commit, Angel Echavarria is now suing the City of Lynn and former Lynn Police and Massachusetts State Police officers for malicious prosecution and violations of his civil rights.  In January 1996, Angel Echavarria was wrongly convicted of the January… Read More

Innocent Kansas Man Sues Cops & Prosecutor Who Framed Him

“They took fifteen years of my life,” says Floyd Bledsoe of his wrongful imprisonment. KANSAS CITY, KA – Attorneys for Oskaloosa native Floyd Bledsoe filed suit in federal court today against Jefferson County law enforcement officers and others who participated in a profoundly unfair investigation and trial that resulted in Mr. Bledsoe’s wrongful conviction for… Read More

Public Defender Injustice

It’s sad to think about our country having two criminal justice systems: one for people who are wealthy and one for people who are not. But that is the reality. Everyone facing serious criminal charges is supposed to get a lawyer – our Supreme Court decided decades ago that everyone has a right to an… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2016 Q1

It is time for the first quarter 2016 wrongful conviction roundup, which includes some Loevy & Loevy clients who were exonerated through the extraordinary efforts of my colleagues. Ernest Matthews: Ernest Matthews spent eight years in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 1992, Mr. Matthews was arrested along with two others, accused of a… Read More