Prosecutors Faked Evidence to Convict Man of Murder

21 Avril, 2017, 03:08 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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A man filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago Monday, alleging that an infamous Chicago police officer framed him for murder. The two men were convicted of a double homicide in 1995 on the strength of witness testimony obtained in part by Guevara.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks $60 million in damages for Armando Serrano, claiming that former Detective Reynaldo Guevara and then-assistant state's attorneys Matthew Coghlan and John Dillon collaborated to pressure a key witness into pinning the 1993 murder of Rodrigo Vargas on Serrano.

Vicente recanted his account of the admissions in 2004 after several interviews with students from the Medill Innocent Project, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A spokesman for the city's law department said he had not yet been served with the lawsuits, and declined to comment on Monday evening.

It should be noted that judges are prohibited from commenting publicly about pending court proceedings, a spokesperson for Chief Judge Timothy Evans' office said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Prosecutors ordinarily are immune from civil liability after wrongful convictions, but Bonjean argued that Coghlan and Dillon were "intimately involved" in developing Vicente as a witness before Serrano was even arrested. As a result, she maintained that immunity does not apply - a legal argument that likely must be hashed out in the litigation. Another man won $21 million in 2009 after he accused Guevara of framing him of a crime in in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

In another case handled by Guevara, Roberto Almodovar was released from prison last week after serving 23 years in prison for murder. Almodovar was granted his freedom again on Friday, but Negron remained incarcerated for a separate murder conviction, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Guevara has repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when questioned about the accusations against him.

He and co-defendant Jose Montanez were released from incarceration in July 2016, after more than two decades in prison, when prosecutors dropped the charges, according to ABC News. The announcement by prosecutors came after a harshly worded appeals court ruling in June found that "profoundly alarming acts of misconduct" had led to their convictions for the 1993 murder.

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