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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-25-12 03:06 PM
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The Exoneration of Thaddeus Jimenez
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Posted on YouTube: May 04, 2009
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Posted on DU: January 25, 2012
By DU Member: DainBramaged
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Justice is finally served.

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.

Jimenez was tried and convicted twice before he was sentenced to serve 45 years in prison. He is believed to be the youngest person in Illinois history -- and perhaps in the entire country -- to have been convicted of murder and then fully exonerated, according to a statement from his attorneys.

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