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April 26, 2012

Quienes Somos

People’s Law Office: abogados que defienden sus derechos civiles Por más de 40 años, los abogados del People’s Law Office en Chicago han estado defendiendo, y con mucho éxito, los derechos civiles de los víctimas de brutalidad policiaca, de personas inocentes e injustamente encarcelados, gente arrestada sin causa, y otros abusos gubernamentales. Si le han violado sus derechos constitucionales, podemos ayudarle. Llame al 773-235-0070 para una consulta. Creemos que el derecho es una herramienta esencial
Anti-War Class Action Lawsuit Gets Final Approval Vodak Class Action Lawsuit Great News! Yesterday, November 7, 2012, the Judge presiding over the Vodak class action civil rights lawsuit granted the motion for final approval of the class action settlement and approved an award for our attorneys’ fees and costs. You can find the motion for final approval of the class claims here. What’s Next? On January 7, 2013, the City of Chicago is obligated to provide
Michael Tillman and his co-defendant, Steven Bell, were arrested for murder in July of 1986 and tortured by two teams of Area 2 detectives working at the direction of Lt. Jon Burge and his “right hand man” John Byrne. Over a four day period, Tillman was repeatedly suffocated with a plastic bag, subjected to a crude form of waterboarding, brutally beaten, and burned with a cigarette lighter. As a result, he made false oral admissions
OTHER NOTABLE VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS Walden v. City of Chicago ▸    $950,000 settlement in a wrongful conviction case where a man was sent to prison based on a false confession that was physically coerced out of him. Sledd v. Lindsay ▸    $687,000 settlement in case where police shot a young man in his home after illegally breaking in without announcing their office. Guillen v. City of Chicago ▸    $637,500 settlement in case alleging a City

April 6, 2012

Legal Victories

LEGAL VICTORIES United States Supreme Court Decisions Buckley v. Fitzsimmons, 509 U.S. 259 (1993)▸    Landmark decision establishing that prosecutors are not entitled to absolute immunity for investigative activities, and holding that they could be sued for damages in the Nicarico wrongful prosecution case.Click here Soldal v. Cook County, 506 U.S. 56 (1992)▸    9-0 decision reversing en banc and panel decisions of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a Fourth Amendment search case, holding that
On the evenings of October 15-16, 2011, and again the following weekend, October 22-23, approximately 300 activists with OCCUPY CHICAGO were arrested by Chicago police when they attempted to occupy a corner of Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway. The activists were cited for violating a Chicago Park District Ordinance which purports to bar use of the park after 11 p.m., and were promptly handcuffed, arrested and carted off to jail before they
Below are some of the awards our lawyers have received for our civil rights work: Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law “For Leadership in Attaining Redress For Civil Rights Vicitms” (2009) Chicago Chapter of National Lawyers Guild “Arthur Kinoy Award” (2003, 2006, 2010) Cook County Bar Association “William R. Ming, Jr. Award For outstanding and substantial contribution to the causes of civil rights and individual liberties” (2008) Jewish Council on Urban Affairs “Courageous
On March 19 and 20, Presiding Judge Peggy Chiampas found eleven activists not guilty of all misdemeanor charges. The two unrelated cases involved members of Action Now and the Immigrant Youth Justice League engaging in courageous demonstration activity to improve their communities and promote social justice. The demonstrators were represented by People’s Law Office attorneys Janine Hoft and Sarah Gelsomino. On Monday, five women ranging in age from 56-81 appeared in Branch 46 at its

February 21, 2012

About People’s Law Office

Our civil rights lawyers in Chicago have been successfully fighting for the victims of police brutality, wrongful convictions, false arrest and other government abuses for over 40 years.  If your constitutional rights have been violated, we can help.