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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2018 Contact: Jessey Neves, 562-453-6342, Jessey.Neves [at] macarthurjustice.org Tania Unzueta, 773-387-3186, tania [at] mijente.net Community-Driven Federal Class Action Lawsuit & Report Targets Chicago Police’s Inaccurate, Racially Discriminatory Gang Database At least 195,000 individuals – 95% Black and Latinx – are listed in an error-filled database from which their names can never be removed. Chicago – The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations,
MEDIA RELEASE: MOVE Member Debbie Africa Released on Parole After Over 39 Years in Prison Debbie Africa and her son Mike Africa, Jr. after Debbie’s release from prison June 18, 2018: On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10 a.m., MOVE member Debbie Africa will make her first public appearance since being released from prison after 39 years and 10 months of incarceration. On Saturday, June 16, Debbie was released on parole from State Correctional Institution
EDITORIALS: Lessons of the Jackie Wilson Murder Trial Saga By: Chicago Sun-Times Editorials We are disgusted, too. A judge on Thursday ordered a new trial for a convicted cop killer, Jackie Wilson, ruling that his two previous trials were unfair because a key piece of evidence against him was extracted through police torture. We, like so many Chicagoans, are disgusted that almost 40 years after two honorable police officers were killed, their families have not been granted
On June 14, 2018, Cook County Judge William Hooks, in a historic 119 page opinion that he read from the bench, overturned the conviction of Jackie Wilson and ordered a new trial. That opinion can be found HERE. Jackie Wilson is represented by Flint Taylor and John Stainthorp of People’s Law Office, along with Elliot Slosar of Loevy and Loevy. In 1982, Wilson was tortured by Chicago police detectives and forced to confess to being
The People’s Law Office has signed onto the below statement opposing SB 2562. We the undersigned organizations stand together in opposition to SB 2562. This bill would allow police to use drones equipped with facial recognition capabilities to spy on large public gatherings across the state of Illinois. Increased surveillance of demonstrations and other public gatherings will make us all less safe because it intimidates and deters people from exercising their First Amendment right to protest,
Activists with the #NoCopAcademy campaign file suit against the Mayor’s Office for withholding critical e-mails regarding the proposed $95 Million new CPD facility, including evidence that the DOJ report did not prompt the new facility construction. Erin Glasco and Debbie Southorn, of the #NoCopAcademy campaign, are filing a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit against the Mayor’s Office for refusing to disclose crucial emails and records regarding the early planning for the proposed $95 Million new
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2018 WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND OTHER HIGH LEVEL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS APPROPRIATED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM CRIMINAL DEFENDNANTS TO FUND THE STATE’S DNA ANALYSIS PROGRAM, FEDERAL CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES Attorneys for three men who were assessed a $200 DNA surcharge as a result of being convicted of misdemeanors have today filed a federal civil rights class action damages lawsuit on behalf of these men and a class of 10,000 similarly situated
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By: Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune. Kevin Bailey admits that there were moments during his 28 years in prison that he lost hope he would ever be cleared of murder. “But I just kept fighting,” he said with a smile moments after his release Tuesday afternoon from Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. “Just kept fighting.” Hours earlier, with Bailey in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, a Cook County special prosecutor dropped charges against
A malicious prosecution case brought by a woman wrongly convicted of murdering her son will continue in district court after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the grant of summary judgment to the United States government. After a fire destroyed her home and claimed the life of her 3-year-old son in June 1995, investigators with the Indiana Fire Marshal’s office decided Kristine Bunch had intentionally set the blaze. But when samples from Bunch’s home were