Five years of waiting in jail, then a quick jury acquittal

Omar Williams was detained for five years, eight months and twelve days on charges of murder. In less than two hours, 12 jurors acquitted him. Williams’s case offered a striking view of just how slowly Cook County’s wheels of justice can move, how askew justice can go and the toll it can take on the lives of those caught up in the system.

Easterbrook Case Explorer

This interactive supplements an Injustice Watch investigation of opinions authored by Seventh Circuit judge Frank Easterbrook for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Read the full investigation here.