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People’s Law Office obtained an important victory from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a wrongful death in custody case. The decision granted a new trial for our client and changed the legal standard for cases of this kind. For more information: People’s Law Office Obtains Appellate Court Victory
Lyvita Gomes, died in Lake County Jail
On August 10, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision authored by the Honorable Diane Wood rendered an important victory to the plaintiff in a wrongful death in custody case brought by the People’s Law Office. Not only was the case remanded for a new trial, but in a precedent-setting portion of the decision those responsible for the safety and welfare of pretrial detainees will be held to a higher standard
Debbie Africa of the MOVE 9 Released from Prison after 40 Years Debbie Africa, with her lawyer Brad Thomson (left) and her son Mike Africa Jr. (right) On Saturday, June 16, Debbie Africa of the MOVE 9 was released from Pennsylvania state prison. Debbie was granted parole after spending 39 years, 10 months in prison. Debbie was imprisoned since August 8, 1978, following an altercation between the Philadelphia police and the MOVE Organization. Debbie was one
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