Curtis Ferdinand dreamt of freedom for 24 years. But he never imagined getting out of prison at a time like this, amid a public health crisis and unrest.
Illinois appeals court should affirm incarcerated peoples’ right to privacy in their own bodies, says Loyola law professor Maria Hawilo.
Organizer Richard Wallace says the police department is using force to make black residents follow stay-at-home orders, “regardless of the circumstance.”
The federal judge’s order didn’t go as far as some civil rights advocates had hoped. The ongoing work of pushing for structural change to the criminal justice system must continue.
In response to commentary that the City of Chicago wrongly contested torture of a series of victims by members of disgraced-commander Jon Burge’s crew, the city’s top lawyer writes: “The Department of Law stands with due process and the rule of law. And it stands by its defense against Mr. Wrice’s claims.”
Advocates for incarcerated people are calling on Illinois correctional officials to protect the state’s older prison population from COVID-19 disease.
Civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor questions why the Lightfoot administration has hired lawyers who aggressively challenge in court the credibility of defendants’ contentions they were tortured into confessing by members of the crew of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge.
The City of Chicago is spending heavily to oppose Stanley Wrice’s claim for damages based on evidence he was tortured by members of the crew of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. Attorney Flint Taylor questions what Mayor Lori Lighfoot’s administration is up to.
A decade ago, a gang member Tony Rosalez was convicted of an Elgin drive-by murder after two other gang members gave statements to police that Rosalez had pulled the trigger. Both have now recanted and said Rosalez is innocent, leaving Rob Warden to question what Rosalez is still doing behind bars.
Rob Warden writes that though he opposes the idea of defamation suits, he can’t help taking pleasure in the Illinois Appellate Court this week reinstating a libel suit by a private investigator who contends that he was falsely accused of misconduct in the course of a high-profile exoneration.