In what is believed to be one of the most substantial verdicts in the city's history, a federal jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million in damages to a man wrongfully convicted, as a teenager, of murder and forced to serve 16 years in prison.
Thaddeus Jimenez, now 32, was exonerated and released from prison in May 2009, according to the Chicago Tribune.
After being granted a certificate of innocence, Jimenez sued the city, accusing police of ignoring the evidence his attorneys presented them, showing that another man had confessed to the slaying he had been charged with. Though no physical evidence reportedly linked him to the crime, police allegedly coerced eyewitnesses into saying Jimenez had killed Eric Morro, 19, the Associated Press reports.
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