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FOP Statement On Verdict In Rivera Case...

The evidence is overwhelming that Jacques Rivera was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1990. That is a tragic, horrible fate for any person. 

As such, Rivera’s case joins that of Alstory Simon as two of the most definitive wrongful conviction cases in the State’s history. 

The FOP believes that there was little evidence that detectives conspired to frame Rivera for the murder. In the end, the FOP believes the evidence only shows that detectives got a witness who identified Rivera and gave it to prosecutors.

Wrongful conviction attorneys like Loevy and Loevy and Northwestern University, who represented Rivera, have constructed a pattern and practice claim against one of the police officers involved in the case, Ray Guevara.

Because Guevara is being accused in a litany of cases, his attorneys advised him to take the Fifth. His doing so no doubt damaged his credibility at the trial. But retired detectives no longer trust that they will get a fair shake in the criminal justice system.  

This verdict will likely pave the way for wrongful conviction attorneys to build a pattern and practice case against Guevara and other detectives, one that will likely result in more financial settlements with the City. What will aid in their obtaining further settlements is the breakdown of the Chicago media, which fails time and again to investigate fully and impartially the evidence of misconduct in this movement.

Indeed, their failure to do so is one of the greatest scandals in the history of American journalism.

Absent from most of the media reports, for example, will be the fact that the state’s attorney who preceded Kimberly Foxx, Anita Alvarez, supported Guevara and his cases, arguing that the arrests and convictions were legitimate. 

Just a few weeks ago, Northwestern University settled a case in which they were accused of their own pattern and practice of obtaining false recantations in key cases. Couldn't this compelling background have merited at least a sentence in the coverage of this case? 

A kind of legal and media civil war is unfolding in Chicago, each side of the wrongful conviction issue bringing forth evidence of misconduct on the other side. 

The verdict in this case will be celebrated by wrongful conviction advocates and their media sycophants for years to come and used to accuse many other detectives. 

But will it be enough to stop the evidence that many police officers have been falsely accused and many prisoners released under false pretenses? 

The FOP does not think so.