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Chicago Man Granted New Trial after Appeals Court Affirms Coerced Murder Confession

In a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision, Jackie Wilson’s 1982 conviction of armed robbery and murder was overturned, granting him a new trial. After what resulted in the “biggest manhunt in Chicago’s history,” Wilson maintained that two police detectives who interrogated him, beat and tortured him into confessing to the crimes. In 2018, after 36 years [...]

What Does It Mean to Be Exonerated?

Wrongful imprisonment is a fact of life in the American justice system. Research has uncovered some common causes of wrongful conviction. These causes include: Improper Forensics: Forensic science techniques that lack scientific validation or reliability. Eyewitness Misidentification: While eyewitness testimony is widely trusted in courtroom settings, the human memory is not infallible. False and coerced confessions [...]

Man Receives $450,000 Verdict in Mental Health Facility Beating

In early December 2019, a $450,000 verdict was awarded to a mental health patient who contended he was beaten by security therapy aids at Chester Mental Health Center in Chester, Illinois. According to court documents, 20-year old Christopher Novus Davis was pulled to the ground, choked, and punched, all off-camera, while in handcuffs. Davis filed a [...]

New Bill Passes House Bolstering Civil Rights among Immigrants

In early December 2019, the House of Representatives passed a new bill meant to strengthen the activities of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office within the Homeland Security Department. Under the legislation, civil rights and civil liberties officers would have the ability to access relevant department records and subpoena non-federal entities. The legislation comes after [...]

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How to Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Am I Facing Workplace Sexual Harassment? Workplace sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and has serious and sometimes permanent traumatic and detrimental effects on victims. Victims of sexual harassment may feel forced to take sick leave or even quit their jobs.  If you are a victim of sexual harassment, know that there are federal [...]

$6,250 Per Year: Maximum Compensation for Inmate Wrongfully Incarcerated for Nearly 3 Decades

In Oklahoma, a man cleared from murder charges who served 28 years behind bars is entitled to just $6,250 for each year that he was wrongfully incarcerated. Oklahoma state law awards a maximum of $175,000 to individuals who are wrongfully convicted and are then exonerated. While thirty-five states, including Oklahoma—and most recently, Indiana and Nevada—have exoneration [...]

Man Wins Supreme Court Appeal, Overturning Murder Conviction

The Supreme Court recently reversed the 2010 conviction of 49-year old Curtis Flowers, ruling that prosecutors wrongfully excluded African-Americans from the jury during Flowers’ last trial. Flowers was imprisoned for 22 years following his arrest relating to a quadruple murder in 1996. He was tried six times for the crimes. The Court concluded that the white [...]

Connecticut Becomes Next State Attorney General Office with Civil Rights Division

In May 2019, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office got the green light to create a civil rights division after the Connecticut House of Representatives approved the initiative in an 82-63 vote. Attorney General William Tong, whose election platform focused heavily on the establishment of the division, joins more than 20 other state Attorneys General who similarly [...]

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Plaintiffs More Time to Sue Over Fabricated Evidence

In a new Supreme Court ruling, criminal defendants will have additional time to file claims against police or prosecutors who fabricate evidence in their trials. The case, McDonough v. Smith, addresses claims of former Democratic Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections Edward McDonough, who was acquitted in New York state court of forging absentee [...]