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Attorney Hints At False Witness Recantation In Guevara Trial

Attorney James Sotos, one of several attorneys representing detectives accused of framing Jacques Rivera of a 1988 gang slaying, pointed out during cross examination Thursday that prosecutors still fought Rivera’s innocence claim even after the central witness in the case retracted his statements nearly two decades after fingering Rivera for the murder.

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Lawyers To Detectives: Take The Fifth

“It would therefore be tantamount to malpractice, in my opinion, to expose a client to lawsuits and perjury if you do not obtain a comfort level from the State as to who exactly they are looking at for prosecution.  This is a very difficult conversation for an attorney to have with an honest Detective, but until we get back to prosecuting the real criminals, it is a conversation that must be had."

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With Settlement, Tribune Narrative Officially Implodes...

For Chicago’s journalists like Jason Meisner, it was absolutely crucial not to label Alstory Simon a wrongfully convicted man in their stories on Friday, even though the journalists were announcing Simon had won a groundbreaking settlement from Northwestern University based on the claim that investigators at the school framed him for a double murder he did not commit.

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Meisner Meltdown?

But for a Chicago journalist, particularly from the Chicago Tribune, it’s not such a welcome task, because digging into these ever-expanding narratives also unburies one of the worst scandals in the history of Illinois journalism: the release of a multitude of convicted killers and rapists on claims of wrongful conviction that may very well have been false, engineered in part because the reporters and columnists who covered them didn’t do any real homework.

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Bartlett to Lightfoot: Let's See All The Evidence

The Co-Chair of the FOP Legal Defense Committee has sent a letter to the head of the Chicago Police Board demanding a full release of all documents by the city’s police civilian oversight agency regarding an investigation of a 2015 fatal police shooting.

FOP Field Rep Robert Bartlett sent a letter to the president of the Chicago Police Board, Lori Lightfoot, demanding that all records and findings related to a police shooting involving Officer Robert Rialmo be included in a board member’s decision on whether the shooting was justified.

Officer Rialmo, responding to a domestic disturbance call, shot Quintonio LeGrier and a bystander, Bettie Jones, as LeGrier wielded a bat and charged at Rialmo. COPA ruled the shooting unjustified, but CPD Superintendent Johnson rejected the finding, saying it was justified. The FOP has denounced the ruling by COPA.

Now the matter is before a member of the Chicago Police Board.

After COPA made the controversial ruling, FOP attorney Tim Grace discovered through a Freedom of Information request that COPA had kept third parties that had been hired by the agency in the course of their investigation hidden. The presence and findings of these third parties were not included in COPA's report, nor were they revealed to prosecutors or to the Superintendent.

“The failure of COPA to make known these outside parties and their conclusions is an egregious violation of Officer Rialmo’s rights and calls into question the legitimacy of the investigation against him,” Barlett wrote in the letter. “The Chicago Police Board member now reviewing the case is obligated to take into consideration any findings of these parties and make them public. A failure to do so would only magnify what we believe is a sinister investigation that has taken shape against Officer Rialmo.”

A decision is expected as early as tomorrow, April 19, at the Chicago Police Board meeting.