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BREAKING: 7th Mass Exoneration of Victims of Corrupt CPD Sgt. Ronald Watts

Seven men and two women have drug convictions dismissed CHICAGO – At age 14, Lloyd Newman was one of the protagonists and producers of the Peabody award-winning National Public Radio docuseries Ghetto Life 101—which chronicled the daily lives of two children growing up in the Ida B. Wells (“Wells”) housing projects. By 1996, Newman, LeAlan ...

Op-Ed: What about the city’s other police scandals?

Originally published on Chicago SunTimes: What about the city’s other police scandals? By Joshua Tepfer The city’s continued failure to address a systemic police scandal that cost hundreds of black citizens their freedom has never quite sustained the public’s attention. It is “Groundhog Day” for the City of Chicago as the Lightfoot administration tries to ...

BREAKING: State’s Attorne Dismisses Six More Convictions Tied to Corrupt Sgt. Ronald Watts

More than 100 convictions have now been tossed in largest mass exoneration in Chicago history CHICAGO – Six more men had their drug convictions thrown out on Tuesday morning before Presiding Criminal Court Judge LeRoy K. Martin, Jr. The cases stem from arrests made between 2005-2008. All alleged they were framed by a corrupt team of ...


CHICAGO – The Exoneration Project, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted, has sued the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit seeks access to DNA “hit notifications,” which may provide information that could identify and free innocent prisoners. A DNA hit notification ...