NSB client Jonathan Barr and other “Dixmoor 5” settle false confessions lawsuits

The Illinois State Police have agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder as teenagers and served a combined 80 years in prison before DNA testing proved their innocence.  The lawsuits alleged that police had coerced false confessions from three of the five plaintiffs, which led to convictions for all five.  Citing “an epidemic of false confessions of juveniles,” attorneys for the men called for an independent investigation into the use of false confessions in Cook County.

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