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In an “unprecedented” and “historic” movement, the Cook County State’s Attorney will vacate 18 convictions tied to 15 defendants. All 15 defendants have a connection to one former Chicago police sergeant, Ronald Watts.
The movement to overturn these convictions (of which all of the defendants have served prison time for) has been led by The Exoneration Project, “a free legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School dedicated to representation of the wrongfully convicted.”
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The importance of this action cannot be understated particularly with regards to the Chicago criminal justice system. One of the wrongfully convicted described that it’s difficult to get a job with wrongful drug crimes on his record.
The defendants were arrested between 2003 – 2008 with some of them serving up to nine years in prison. The convictions will be turned over as Watts and his team allegedly planted drugs on those they arrested and falsified court records. “Part of that corruption was the routine framing of citizens,” Tepfer said.
Exoneration - Project - Mission
The Exoneration Project states their mission:
“The criminal justice system is not perfect. Innocent people are sometimes convicted of crimes they did not commit. When that occurs, the consequences for the lives of the wrongfully convicted and their families are truly devastating. By investigating and petitioning courts to reverse wrongful convictions, our Exoneration Project is dedicated to restoring justice.”
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