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Chicago to Pay $31 Million for Wrongful Convictions

Chicago to Pay $31 Million for Wrongful Convictions

In this Jan. 17, 2012, file photo, Harold Richardson, left, Vincent Thames, second from left, Terrill Swift, and Michael Saunders, right, pose for a photo after a hearing in Chicago for the four men known as "the Englewood Four," whose 1994 rape and murder convictions were overturned in November 2011. (Paul Beaty/AP)

Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:47 PM

Chicago will pay a $31 million settlement for the wrongful convictions of four men who each spent more than a decade in prison for the rape and murder of a prostitute before being exonerated by DNA evidence.

The police misconduct settlement approved Wednesday is one of the largest in the history of the city. Michael Saunders, Vincent Thames, Harold Richardson and Terrill Swift were between 15 and 18 years old when they were arrested in the 1994 strangulation death of Nina Glover.

In 2011, a judge overturned their convictions, setting Richardson and Saunders free after 17 years in prison. Swift and Thames had already been released after serving a dozen years.

An FBI report unsealed this year accused investigators of pressuring the then-teenagers during the investigation.

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The Chicago City Council has approved a $31 million settlement to be shared by four men who each spent more than a decade in prison for the rape and murder of a prostitute before being exonerated by DNA evidence.
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