The decisions made each day by police and prosecutors shape our trust in the justice system itself. Whether by design or by disregard, whether by formal policy or unwritten custom, the power to warp or uphold justice is immense.
The MacArthur Justice Center pursues legal action against police and prosecutors when their policies and practices harm the communities they are sworn to serve.
Williams v. Louisiana (U.S. Supreme Court)
Corey Williams was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder as an intellectually disabled 16-year old child, and spent 20 years in Louisiana prison for a crime that he did not commit. We represented Mr. Williams in a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court and obtained his immediate release from prison through a settlement with the State of Louisiana.
Rivera v. City of Chicago
Jacques Rivera spent 21 years in prison for a crime he did not commit after Chicago Police, led by Reynaldo Guevara, framed him for murder. The MacArthur Justice Center and Loevy & Loevy represented Mr. Rivera in a civil rights suit against Guevara, the City of Chicago and other Chicago Police officers who worked with Guevara. On June 29, 2018, a jury awarded him $17 million.
Swift v. City of Chicago
Terrill Swift was one of four teenagers, known as the Englewood Four, who were framed for murder and rape in 1995. The MacArthur Justice Center represented Mr. Swift in civil proceedings against the City of Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney office, individual police officers and an Assistant State’s Attorney which secured over $11 million for Mr. Swift.