Law Office of Stephen L. Richards
Call for a Free Consultation
toll free: 866-852-6426
local: 773-877-3259

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. 

The man says that after 26 hours of torture and constant interrogation he finally signed a false confession to the two homicides, leading to his convcition and eventual imprisonment for the crimes that were later determined to have been committed by someone else. 

False confessions are more of an issue in the Illinois criminal justice system than many people realize.  Most readers cannot imagine a situation that would cause them to confess to murders that they did not committ, but the truth is that hours of tough interrogation and a fear for one's own life can produce surprising results. 

It is also hard to imagine in that moment that signing a false confession will actually lead to a conviction, since many people think that once they are out of police custody and able to contact and attorney the whole situation will be fixed. This may be possible with the help of an experienced attorney but it can be an uphill battle. 

The man in this case fought the wrongful accusations for many years before he was able to get his conviction vacated in 2012. 

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Man Claims Cops Tortured Confession Out," Jack Bouboushian, May 28, 2013. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyer
Stephen L Richards

Attorney Stephen L. RichardsTo schedule your free consultation with an experienced lawyer, call me at 866.852.6426, locally at 773.877.3259 or contact me online. Learn More

Review Us


Schedule A Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Locations:

Law Office of Stephen L. Richards
53 W. Jackson
Suite 756
Chicago, IL 60604

Toll Free: 866-852-6426
Phone: 773-877-3259
Chicago Law Office Map