In January 2012, Loevy & Loevy client Thaddeus Jimenez (TJ) was awarded $25 million by a federal jury. After a weeks-long trial led by Jon Loevy, Locke Bowman of the MacArthur Justice Center, and Stuart Chanen of Valorem Law Group, the jury found that a Chicago police detective had framed TJ as a teenager for a crime he did not commit, resulting in 16 years’ wrongful imprisonment. The $25 million sum is among largest wrongful conviction and civil rights awards verdicts in U.S. history.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Thaddeus Jimenez was just 13 when he was arrested for the 1993 murder of an older teenager on Chicago’s Northwest Side, but after serving more than 16 years in prison, he was exonerated and released from prison in May 2009.
On Tuesday, a federal jury awarded Jimenez $25 million in damages, believed to be one of the biggest verdicts of its kind in Chicago.
The City of Chicago fought TJ’s wrongful conviction award in the federal court of appeals following the verdict. TJ’s attorneys won a victory there as well. You can read the appellate opinion affirming TJ’s award here.