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May 2013 Archives

Chicago police sued by wrongly accused man

A Chicago man is pursuing a civil claim for damages against a suburban police department for an ordeal he underwent in 1996 after he was arrested for two unrelated homicides. There was no evidence linking him to the crimes but in an apparent effort to close two unsolved cases police interrogated him for hours and even threatened to kill him in order to obtain a confession. 

Protesters arrested at Chicago City Hall

This week police arrested about two dozen protesters who were inside Chicago's City Hall at the end of a three-day demonstration against proposed school closings. Community activists, teachers, and concerned parents have conducted marches and staged protests to express their dissaproval of a plan to close 54 Chicago area schools. 

Chicago preacher on "church arrest" after fraud allegations

Police have put a Cicero pastor on house arrest inside of the church that he founded 16 years ago. The clergy member and his wife are accused of white-collar crimes, particularly a fraud scheme that involved applying for federal grants for low-income families and then diverting the funds away from the church.

Chicago rapper arrested in car

A young South Side rapper known as Lil Reese was arrested recently after police issued a warrant connected with trespass, battery, and mob action charges. The Chicago resident was reportedly sleeping in a vehicle at the time of the arrest and is being held in lieu of posting bail.

Notable Results

  • Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
  • Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
  • Result: Post-conviction petition granted
  • Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery
  • Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence
  • Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
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