‘Exoneration Day’: Families Celebrate Mass Exoneration

“For Chicago, this was Exoneration Day.”— Marissa Perlman, CBS 2 News “A mass exoneration event like no other.”— Charlie Wojciechowski, NBC 5 News “A monumental day for the Illinois justice system.”— Irika Sargent, CBS 2 News On August 9, 2022, exonerees, families and supporters celebrated the unprecedented mass exoneration of eight wrongfully convicted victims of…

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Watts Team Scandal

Disgraced former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts and his team of corrupt officers are responsible for hundreds of false drug convictions. To date, more than 200 such convictions have been thrown out in the largest mass exoneration in Chicago history. Those victims, later adjudicated innocent, were sentenced to over 274 years in prison. Joshua Tepfer,…

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Stephanie Spurgeon

After 8.5 years in prison for a wrongful manslaughter/abusive head trauma conviction, Exoneration Project client Stephanie Spurgeon shares her story with Jason Flom on the Wrongful Conviction podcast. Case co-counseled with the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences & the Innocence Project of Florida.

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Jimmy Soto

We are so proud of our client, Jimmy Soto, whose words were used in a song featured by White Snake Projects. Jimmy’s poem is part of the “Sing Out Strong: Incarcerated Voices” series and includes imagery from his experience incarcerated. “Abolish 13th Amendment – don’t try to cage us.Free us from incarceration,Give us true liberation,Like…

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Ben Baker

In 2016, Ben Baker overturned his 2006 conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after the Exoneration Project obtained exculpatory FBI documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The materials prove that Bakers’ allegations against a corrupt Chicago Police tactical team were corroborated by investigative materials that were available at the …

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James Kuppelberg

James Kluppelberg was wrongfully convicted of a possible arson and related six-person homicide which occurred in the early morning hours of March 1984 on the south side of Chicago. Nearly four years passed until Kluppelberg was interrogated and arrested for setting the fire. Detectives severely beat Kluppelberg, causing injuries so serious that the court concluded …

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Jose Montanez

In 2016, after twenty three years of wrongful incarceration, a Cook County judge vacated the convictions and dismissed all charges against Jose Montanez, and his co-defendant, Armando Serrano. In February 1993, Montanez and Serrano were each sentenced to 55 years in the killing of a west side Chicago man.

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Tyrone Hood

Tyrone Hood was convicted of the 1993 killing of an Illinois Institute of Technology college basketball star, Marshall Morgan, Jr. Hood had nothing to do with the crime. Instead of letting an innocent man go free, the detectives in Hood’s case doggedly pursued a wrongful conviction.

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Eric Caine

In 1989, twenty-four-year-old Eric Caine was convicted of stabbing an elderly couple to death on the south side of Chicago. Caine lost twenty five years of his life imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, languishing in prison for nearly a decade after his co-defendant was fully exonerated for the same crime. The only …

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Rodell Sanders

Rodell Sanders spent over two decades in prison for a murder and attempt murder that he did not commit. In the early hours of a December 1993, a young man and his girlfriend were forced out of their car at gunpoint and ordered to walk down a deserted alley where they were subsequently shot.

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