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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:33

A Chicago man who spent 16 years in prison after being convicted of murder as a teenager has been awarded $25 million in damages after it was determined that he was wrongfully convicted.

Thaddeus Jimenez, 32, had spent nearly half his life in prison before being exonerated and released in May 2009. After being released, Jimenez then sued the city, accusing the police of ignoring evidence in his case, including a confession from another suspect, Juan Carlos Torres.

Nonetheless, Jimenez was tried and convicted twice and sentenced to 45 years in prison. More from the Chicago Tribune:

Years later, lawyers and students from the Northwestern University Bluhm Center on Wrongful Convictions and other attorneys reinvestigated Jimenez's conviction and found that two key witnesses recanted their original claims that he was the gunman. The state's attorney's office then agreed to reopen the case.

If the verdict stands, it will be one of the largest levied against Chicago in the city's history.

"The state's attorney's office … recognized an injustice had occurred and they corrected it," said Jimenez's attorney Jon Loevy. "They deserve a ton of credit for reopening the case … taking an honest look at it and correcting an injustice."

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:38

So DUI arrest in solitary for two years no trial gets $22 million but he only gets $25 million in comparison for 16 years. He needs a better lawyer. Well I guess he wouldn't be there in the first place if he had a better lawyer.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:40

Last December, Jimenez was convicted on drug possession charges and could serve up to three years in prison. He is due to be sentenced on the drug charges Feb. 1, according to CBS.



#4 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:43

i would go to prison for 16 years if they gave me $25 Million

#5 Jason S.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:46

Nonetheless, Jimenez was tried and convicted twice and sentenced to 45 years in prison. More from the Chicago Tribune:

convicted twice? double jeopardy? :huh:

i would go to prison for 16 years if they gave me $25 Million

no you wouldnt