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By: Flint Taylor This article was initially published in InJustice Watch on March 11, 2020. Just before the City of Chicago, apparently with Mayor Lightfoot’s blessing, took the Stanley Wrice case to trial last month, I wrote that it was still not too late for the city to offer a fair settlement to compensate Wrice for his brutal torture and coerced confession.
Puerto Rican National Hero and internationally respected freedom fighter Rafael Cancel Miranda has joined his revolutionary ancestors on March 3d. In an audacious act of militancy, Rafael along with Lolita Lebrón, Andrés Figueroa Cordero and Irvin Flores, attacked the U.S. Congress in March of 1954, spraying bullets down into the House of Representatives, to bring to the world’s attention the
Civil Rights Lawyers in Chicago
By: Flint Taylor This article was initially published in InJustice Watch on Feb. 14, 2020. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is poised to embark on defending two of the most notorious of Jon Burge’s midnight crew—former Chicago Police Sergeant John Byrne and Detective Peter Dignan—in a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of 65-year-old Stanley Wrice, whom they are alleged to have
On Friday, January 10, 2020, Cook County Judge Sophia Hall denied the Mayor’s Office bid to withhold over 400 documents concerning the creation of the Joint Public Safety Academy (“Cop Academy”), on Chicago’s West Side. The decision was issued in FOIA litigation brought by Debbie Southorn and Erin Glasco, the plaintiffs and organizers with #NoCopAcademy campaign, filed in the spring
Civil Rights Lawyers in Chicago
Yesterday, the Illinois Appellate Court rendered its decision in the Jackie Wilson police torture case. Affirming Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks’ 119 page decision in which he found that Wilson was tortured into giving a confession, the Court remanded the case for a new trial. In a unanimous decision written by Justice Lavin, the Court recognized that the evidence
Civil Rights Lawyers in Chicago
On November 21st, People’s Law Office Attorney Michael Deutsch argued in front of the Illinois Appeals Court for the release of his client Ronnie Carrasquillo. Ronnie was sentenced to several hundred years in prison for the 1976 death of a Chicago Police Officer. In Michael’s argument, he highlighted the biased and corrupt Judge Wilson who sentenced Ronnie. Read more about
Today marks 50 years since the Chicago Police, FBI and Cook County State’s Attorney conspired to murder Fred Hampton and Mark Clark of the Black Panther Party. This short video honoring Fred is an excerpt from a soon to be released documentary about the 50 year history of our office, directed and produced by Tom Callahan of Sensitive Visuals.* Our
People’s Law Office is accepting applications for our 2020 summer internship and educational program, which focuses on civil rights litigation rooted in social justice and radical legal work.  Interns will participate in a wide range of litigation-related work and will be exposed to a progressive law office that has been committed to being “people’s lawyers” since 1969.  Our attorneys and legal workers have
A Forum Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of People’s Law Office (PLO), 1969-2019 Panels, presentations and conversations between movement leaders, PLO lawyers, former political prisoners and current and former PLO clients. 12:10-12:30: The Founding of People’s Law Office and the Legacy of Fred Hampton Former members of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (TBA) in conversation, moderated by PLO
The People’s Law Office is co-sponsoring An Evening with Albert Woodfox. Come out on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm in the UIC Student Center to hear about his new book Solitary. Follow the link to RSVP. Eventbrite RSVP link: WoodfoxBook.eventbrite.com