Recent history teaches that wrongful convictions do not typically happen by accident. More often they are the inevitable result of racial prejudice, illegal police tactics and abuse of power.
We are honored to represent victims of wrongful convictions in lawsuits against police officers whose misconduct caused the false conviction. To date, we have secured over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for victims of wrongful conviction.
After 20 years in prison, Jacques Rivera Wins $17M in Trial Against Chicago Police who Framed Him for Murder
Corey Williams, an intellectually disabled man wrongfully convicted as a teen, wins release after 20+ years in prison
Wrongfully Convicted “Marquette Park Four” Sue City of Chicago, Chicago Police Officers
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.
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.
Johnson v. City of Chicago
Charles Johnson, Larod Styles, LaShawn Ezell and Troshawn McCoy (known as the Marquette Park Four) were teenagers when they were arrested in 1995 for a double murder and robbery, even though no evidence tied them to the crime. After more than 20 years in prison for a crime they did not commit, all four are suing the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Officers and the Assistant State's Attorney responsible for their false imprisonment. The MacArthur Justice Center represents Mr. Johnson.
In the news
Beaman renews fight for jury trial against Normal, ex cops; was wrongfully convicted in 1993 murder of college studentHerald & Review February 25, 2020
Exonerated Man Returns to Illinois Supreme Court for Right to Sue Cops who Framed HimPress Release
Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned at 18, Marcel Brown Sues City of Chicago, CPD and Assistant State’s AttorneyPress Release
Jury gives $17M to man falsely imprisoned for murder in case tied to tainted copChicago Sun-Times June 29, 2018