Michael Evans Loses Final Bid For A New Trial

Michael Evans has lost in his final bid for a new trial. Evans sued ten former Chicago police officers claiming they framed him for the rape and murder of nine-year old Lisa Cabassa back in 1976. Evans had spent 27 years in prison before being released based on new DNA results. A federal court jury rejected his claims and found in favor of the retired police officers. Evans appealed to the Seventh Circuit and lost there too. Evans then filed a petition for rehearing en banc before the Seventh Circuit. That petition has now been denied as well. The retired police officers were represented by Benna Solomon, Myriam Kasper and Jennifer Notz during the appellate proceedings. Andrew M. Hale was lead counsel for the retired police officers at trial in the Northern District of Illinois before the Honorable David Coar. Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy represented Evans at trial and on appeal.

Woman Arrested For Leaving Child In Car Files Lawsuit

Ellen Coyne, the mother who was arrested by Crestwood police for leaving her two-year old daughter in her car while she and her other children went to put money in a Salvation Army kettle has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the Crestwood police of false arrest and malicious prosecution. Cook County prosecutors dropped the criminal charges against Coyne last week. Coyne is represented by attorney Blake Horwitz.

Jerry Miller Files Suit Against City Of Chicago And Retired Police Officers

Jerry Miller has filed a federal court civil rights lawsuit against the City of Chicago and several retired Chicago Police Officers. Miller was arrested in 1981 and charged with raping a woman at a parking garage at 506 N. Rush Street in Chicago. Two parking lot attendants identified Miller from a police lineup as the person attempting to drive the rape victim's car out of the parking structure while the victim was locked in the trunk. Miller was convicted at his criminal trial and spent 26 years in prison. In July 2006 the Cook County State's Attorney's Office agreed to post-conviction DNA testing that showed that Miller was not the contributor of a DNA profile found on the victim's clothing. Miller has now filed suit against the City of Chicago and several now-retired Chicago Police Officers. Miller alleges, among other things, that the Officers told the two parking lot attendants to pick Miller out of a police lineup. The factual basis for this allegation is unknown at this time and the two parking lot attendants are deceased. The case has been assigned to District Court Judge Suzanne Conlon. Miller is represented by John Stainthorp at the Peoples Law Office. The Police Officer Defendants are represented by Andrew M. Hale and Avi Kamionski from Andrew M. Hale & Associates.

Rape Victim Settles With City Of Chicago

A woman who alleged she was raped by Chicago Police Officer John Herman has agreed to settle her civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago for a sum believed to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million. Last month, Herman was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Cook County Criminal Court judge who found him guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and official misconduct. Herman had contended that his sex with the victim was consensual. The victim was represented by attorneys Benjamin Nwoye and Matthew Belcher.