Darien Harris : “Chicago man exonerated after 12 years in prison sues city and police for wrongful conviction”

By | May 29, 2024

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Accident – Death – Obituary News : : 1. Chicago wrongful conviction lawsuit
2. Exonerated man sues police Chicago

A Chicago man, exonerated in 2023 due to a legally blind eyewitness’s false testimony, is suing the city and police department for wrongful conviction. Darien Harris, arrested at 18 for a fatal shooting, served over 12 years of a 76-year sentence before his release. The eyewitness, suffering from advanced glaucoma, lied about being blind. Harris, struggling post-release, seeks compensation for lost time and opportunities. The Exoneration Project revealed police misconduct in fabricating evidence and coercing witnesses. This case reflects systemic issues in the justice system, with racial disparities evident in wrongful convictions. The fight for justice continues amid rising exonerations and official misconduct.

1. Wrongfully convicted man files lawsuit against city and police
2. Innocent man sues authorities for wrongful imprisonment

A Chicago man who was exonerated in 2023 after investigators found evidence that key testimony in his murder trial came from a legally blind eyewitness is suing the city and police department.

The federal civil rights lawsuit, which was filed last month and first reported by the Chicago Tribune on Monday, alleges that the wrongful conviction of Darien Harris was a result of “egregious misconduct” by Chicago police who fabricated evidence and coerced witnesses into giving false statements. Harris, who was 18 years old at the time, was arrested in connection to a fatal shooting at a South Side gas station in 2011.

In 2014, a judge convicted Harris of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to The National Registry of Exonerations. Harris, now 31, had spent over 12 years in prison before being exonerated in December after The Exoneration Project revealed that the eyewitness was suffering from advanced glaucoma during the shooting and had lied about being legally blind.