Attorneys ask Cook County judge to vacate 39 remaining cases tied to disgraced CPD sergeant

Attorneys ask Cook County judge to vacate 39 remaining cases tied to disgraced CPD sergeant

CHICAGO — After getting lots of of wrongful drug convictions overturned lately, attorneys representing a bunch of women and men who say they had been framed by disgraced former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts and officers beneath his command are asking a decide to vacate dozens of remaining convictions in a single fell swoop.

Attorneys representing the group filed a movement earlier this week for a abstract judgment on behalf of 39 individuals who have waited for years to show that they had been wrongfully arrested by police, based on the submitting.

Watts and Officer Kallatt Mohammed led a tactical unit within the Ida B. Wells Housing Challenge and used the specter of arrest to extort residents and drug sellers alike.

Watts and Mohammed had been charged in federal courtroom in 2012 after they had been recorded taking a $5,000 bribe from an informant throughout a FBI sting operation. Each had been later convicted of theft of presidency funds; Watts was sentenced to 22 months in jail and Mohammed to 18 months.

Different officers alleged to have been concerned nonetheless stay on town payroll and have by no means confronted penalties, the attorneys have stated.

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Thus far, the attorneys’ efforts have led to 133 folks getting their convictions in Watts-related circumstances overturned on a piecemeal foundation since 2017.

Final July, protection attorneys filed a petition to drive Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx’s workplace to take motion on the circumstances of 88 folks in a single submitting once they turned fearful the overview of some circumstances by prosecutors was taking too lengthy.

In a collection of hearings since November, Foxx’s workplace agreed to vacate the convictions of 49 of the 88 circumstances, leaving 39 excellent.

Foxx has stated every of the circumstances – some greater than 20 years previous – requires a separate, time-consuming overview.

Of their movement this week, attorneys for the group say that prosecutors have not defined why they’re treating the remaining circumstances in a different way and be aware that “removed from giving these circumstances individualized therapy, the State has filed Solutions which might be substantively an identical in all respects.”

The attorneys additionally pointed to “the confounding nature” of prosecutors agreeing to vacate some circumstances, however not others – even when the arrests occurred on the similar time and in some circumstances had been made by the identical officers.

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In a single instance, the movement factors to prosecutors agreeing to vacate the conviction of a person arrested in 2004, whereas the arrest of one other man “framed for an arrest at the very same time and very same location” did not meet their requirements to toss out.

Prosecutors have additionally not disputed any of the information raised by protection attorneys within the remaining circumstances, they argue.

A spokeswoman for Foxx stated the workplace’s investigation was ongoing and declined to remark additional.

Exoneration Challenge lawyer Joshua Tepfer, who has been concerned in dozens of the circumstances, stated Wednesday that the time had come to place an finish to his shopper’s ready.

Given the variety of circumstances already vacated, Tepfer stated, prosecutors “should not have any confidence in any of those convictions.”

The circumstances are again in courtroom on April 22.

(Supply: Solar-Instances Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Instances 2022.)

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