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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. 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,
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.
Michael Tillman, a Police Torture survivor recently settled his civil rights lawsuit against Cook County and the City of Chicago for police brutality and wrongful conviction for $5.975 Million Read more about Michael Tillman’s civil rights lawsuit here: Statement by Michael Tillman on Settlement City Council Approves Settlement To learn about more successes People’s Law Office has achieved for their clients, visit the Victories section of this site. To learn more about the work of
Dear Vodak v. City of Chicago potential class members: February 9, 2012 There is important and exciting news about the settlement of this case. On March 20, 2003, the Chicago police illegally detained and arrested you during a peaceful protest against the disastrous war in Iraq. Since then, your lawyers and legal workers, all members of the National Lawyers Guild, have been working to right that wrong. Last year we won an important victory in
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February 8, 2012

Fighting Police Brutality

When police officers have committed misconduct, used excessive force or falsely arrested people, People’s Law Office has been there. Our Chicago-based civil rights lawyers have a proven track record of results, and have obtained over $100 million for our clients…