Wrongful Conviction Round Up: Q2 2015

Around the country, innocent people continue to serve prison sentences for crimes that they did not commit. In fact, last year set the record for the number of people exonerated in the United States. In an earlier blog, we summarized noteworthy wrongful conviction news for the first quarter of 2015. As the second quarter wraps… Read More

Juan Rivera’s Coerced False Confession

Juan Rivera’s attorneys at Loevy & Loevy appreciate the New Yorker Magazine writing again about Mr. Rivera’s fight for justice after the Waukegan Police secured a false confession from him by using a highly problematic, coercive interrogation technique linked to numerous other false confessions around the country. In highlighting Mr. Rivera’s recent $20 million wrongful… Read More

CPD Hit For Hiding Records About Officers Engaged in Perjury and Other Misconduct

States Attorney Alvarez Shields Dirty Cops From Prosecution, Says Suit CHICAGO – A civil rights attorney here filed suit against the Chicago Police Department today for stonewalling his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests aimed at gathering more evidence about lying while under oath by two police officers, Allyson Bogdalek and Dominick Catinella. “The public… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Client Juan Rivera Awarded Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement in U.S. History

Loevy & Loevy client Juan A. Rivera, Jr., announced on Friday, March 20, 2015, that he has agreed to a $20 million settlement of all claims in the civil rights case Rivera v. Lake County, et al., No. 12 C 8665 (N.D. Ill.). Mr. Rivera’s $20 million settlement is believed to be the largest pre-trial… Read More

Chicago Police Sued to Produce Key Investigative Records

Despite history of improperly withholding “street files” from criminal defendants, CPD tries to keep information secret under FOIA that could lead to exonerations For years, the Chicago Police Department hid from criminal defendants potentially exculpatory information in secret unofficial “street files.”  In response to widespread criticism of this practice, CPD changed its policies to require… Read More

A Step Towards the Right Direction: Year 2014, a Record High For Exonerations


The year 2014 was an extraordinary year for individuals who have been wrongfully convicted and those who advocate for their freedom. Reports show that in 2014, 125 individuals were exonerated in the United States—the most in American history. Since 1989, there have been 1,536 exonerations. That is, there are 1,536 people have been wrongfully accused, convicted, and sentenced to prison but… Read More