Saturday, August 22, 2009

21 Years in Prison for a Crime They Did Not Commit

Part of the "Jon Burge and the Midnight Crew From Area 2" saga.2 ex-inmates declared innocent in five murders --

Justice in Chicago?
Their case, yet another linked to disgraced former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, was dropped after the attorney general's office determined that the evidence against the two was too thin to convict them in a new trial.

At their original trials, prosecutors relied heavily on the testimony of a jailhouse informant who claimed that Kitchen and Reeves made incriminating remarks to him about the murders of Deborah Sepulveda and her children, Rebecca, 2, and Pedro Jr., 3, and Rose Marie Rodriguez and her son, Daniel, 3.

But phone records showed that the informant's story was wrong, and prosecutors never told the defense that they had the informant released from prison early in return for his cooperation.
Cops and prosecutors rewarded for convictions won't always be concerned with Justice. Convictions at all costs? Even sending innocent men to jail?

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