News & Commentary

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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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