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BREAKING: Chicago Police Lose Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Case in U.S. History

At approximately 4 PM today a federal jury awarded Thaddeus Jimenez a $25 million judgment against the City of Chicago for wrongfully convicting him at age 13.

It is the largest-ever jury verdict for wrongful conviction in U.S. history.

Attorneys for Jimenez successfully argued that police coerced four witnesses into falsely testifying against Jimenez, even though the cops had evidence pointing to another suspect.

"They framed him, they strong-armed witnesses into falsely implicating him, and when the real suspect showed up, they chose to ignore him, because they had already built the case against the wrong guy," said one of Jimenez's lawyers, Jon Loevy of Loevy and Loevy Attorneys at Law.

Jimenez was freed in 2009 thanks to the work of his other attorneys, Stuart Channen of the Valorum Law Group, and Locke Bowman of Northwestern University's MacArthur Justice Center.

Outside counsel for the City were from Andrew Hale and Associates.

So after the Chicago Law Department's pledge to fight so-called "frivolous" lawsuits, we see the result — the largest-ever jury verdict of its type in the country's history.

Read more here, here and here.


Dept of full disclosure: the author works for Loevy and Loevy.



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