Wrongful Conviction Roundup – Q1 2017

Each quarter, we think it’s important to remind people that the criminal justice system is fallible, and that thousands of innocent people are swept into it based on human error or misconduct. This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup focuses on people who were victimized by law enforcement officers’ intentional bad acts. What makes police fficers distort… Read More

2016’s Final Wrongful Conviction Roundup

It’s time for this year’s final wrongful conviction round-up, our quarterly examination of some of the exonerations from around the country. As always, there are moving and important stories to tell. These stories continue to remind us of the human toll of our country’s out-of-control criminal system. Jose Montaez and Armando Serrano: I am proud… 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

Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2016Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup is equal parts tragic and infuriating. Once again, it includes years of lives wasted in prison, stories of blatant official misconduct, and devastating miscarriages of justice in the name of the people. First, Loevy & Loevy client Jermaine Walker won a Certificate of Innocence in April, after a Cook County… 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

Mental Illness and the Law

  Many of the important justice issues discussed here –police brutality, wrongful convictions, mistreatment in prison, and mass incarceration – are magnified when the justice system encounters people with mental illness. On every level, our criminal justice system fails the mentally ill. The results are beyond appalling. Let’s consider it step by step. Police encounters… Read More

Wrongful Conviction Roundup: Q4

As we finish out the year with the fourth quarter wrongful conviction roundup, I want to highlight the cause-effect relationship of many of the common themes discussed in this blog. The fourth quarter wrongful convictions and exonerations illustrate the tragic, real world effects of prosecutorial misconduct, police misconduct, false confessions, and flawed eyewitness identifications. The… Read More

False Confessions, Wrongful Convictions

Great news to report: Daniel Andersen’s convictions for rape and murder were just overturned by an Illinois court. Daniel spent 27½ years in prison for these crimes  he did not commit, and compelling DNA evidence now supports his innocence claim. But how did the wrongful conviction happen? Well, for starters, he was convicted back when… Read More