Guest Blog Post: Did the South Win the Civil War?

In attorney Josh Tepfer’s daughter’s AP U.S. History course, her teacher had the students conduct a trial to determine who really won the Civil War. Olive, representing the position that the South actually won, got tasked with making the closing argument. Here is her argument, re-purposed as a guest blog post. Olive Tepfer, age 16 …

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Jimmy Soto Exonerated, Becomes Longest Wrongfully Incarcerated Person in Illinois History

On December 14, 2023, EP client Jimmy Soto was exonerated after spending 42 years wrongfully incarcerated. Jimmy was exonerated alongside his cousin and co-defendant David Ayala – the men are now the longest wrongfully incarcerated persons in Illinois state history. They were convicted at ages 20 and 18 respectively of murders in which no physical…

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Josh Tepfer featured on WGN9 – Chicago lawyer stands out for ability to overturn wrongful convictions

Check out this great story by WGN9’s Ray Cortopassi featuring EP attorney Josh Tepfer and two of his clients, Terrill Swift and Francisco Benitez! Mr. Swift was the first client who Josh exonerated back in 2012 with Northwestern Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. Mr. Benitez is the client he’s most recently exonerated, in September of…

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Patrick Taylor Exonerated After 16 Years Imprisoned in Case Marred by Egregious Misconduct

Yesterday, EP client Patrick Taylor was exonerated after spending 16 years wrongfully imprisoned in a case marred by egregious misconduct. Mr. Taylor was convicted of a 2006 murder almost based solely on mistaken eyewitness testimony. Over the past several years, Mr. Taylor caught the State withholding exculpatory evidence. In April 2023, the misconduct unraveled when…

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Frankie Benitez Exonerated After 34 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned

Congratulations to our client Frankie Benitez on his very deserved exoneration that occurred September 26, 2023. His conviction was vacated by a Cook County judge in August and in September the State dropped charges. Mr. Benitez spent almost 34 years wrongfully incarcerated and was only 18 when he was convicted. Mr. Benitez was only 18…

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Louis Robinson Exonerated, Becomes 42nd Guevara Exoneree

On August 10, 2023, our client Louis Robinson saw freedom for the first time in 27 years after the Court vacated his homicide conviction. His post-conviction petition detailed the evidence of Guevara’s misconduct in his case as well as his pattern of similar misconduct in dozens of other cases. Mr. Robinson was framed for a…

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Richard Kwil Becomes 40th Guevara Exoneree

On April 13, our client Richard Kwil had his homicide conviction vacated. Mr. Kwil was framed by corrupt Chicago Police Det. Guevara and spent more than 24 years wrongfully imprisoned. He is the 40th victim of Det. Guevara’s corruption to have a homicide conviction vacated. Mr. Kwil’s co-defendant, and our client, David Gecht was released…

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David Wright Exonerated After Spending Over Half His Life Wrongfully Imprisoned

On March 29, our client David Wright was exonerated of homicide convictions that resulted from abusive interrogations by CPD Detectives Cassidy, Boudreau, Halloran, and their team. Mr. Wright was convicted of the tragic murders of two friends in 1994. According to his petition for post-conviction relief, no physical evidence linked him to the murders, nor…

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