Former Teacher Patrick McCarthy Sues Schaumburg And Detective

 Patrick McCarthy, a former special education teacher at Robert Frost Junior High School, has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Schaumburg and detective K. Feeley alleging malicious prosecution. Back in 2007, McCarthy was charged with battery and unlawful restraint against three autistic children in his class. He was accused of forcing a student to jump on a trampoline with a weighted vest and tying a student to a chair. Last December Cook County Circuit Court judge John Scotillo found McCarthy not guilty. In his suit, McCarthy alleges that Detective Feeley charged him knowing that he was innocent.

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.

Couple Sues Rosemont Police Chief Over Use Of Stun Gun

Rosemont residents Jose Blancas and Maria Martinez have filed a lawsuit against Rosemont police chief Donald E. Stephens III and two other Rosemont police officers alleging that the officers violated their civil rights by using a stun gun on them during a confrontation on August 6, 2006. The suit alleges that Martinez was 8 months pregnant at the time. At the time, both Blancas and Martinez were charged with resisting a police officer and Blancas was also charged with pubic intoxication and Martinez was also charged with batter.y.

Robert Wilson Files Suit Against Eleven Chicago Police Officers

Robert Wilson has filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois against eleven Chicago police officers, a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, the County of Cook, and the City of Chicago. Wilson was charged with attacking June Siler on February 29, 1997 as she waited for a bus at 2851 South King Drive in Chicago. Wilson was arrested on March 1, 1997 and alleged that over the next 30 hours the police  physically abused him, denied him sleep and food, denied him his blood pressure medication, intimidated him, promised him leniency if he confessed and threatened him with violence if he did not confess. Wilson wound up confessing to the attack on Siler. Wilson was convicted at his criminal trial and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Siler identified Wilson as her attacker at trial. Wilson filed a petition for habeas corpus on January 13, 2006, alleging that his attorneys should have been allowed to present evidence that another man, Jerryco Wagner, had attacked several women during the time Siler had been attacked in the same vicinity. District Judge Ruben Castillo granted the petition and, thereafter, Siler recanted her identification of Wilson. On November 30, 2006, the State chose not to initiate a new trial against Wilson. Wilson spent 9 years in prison before being released. Wilson's complaint contains claims for violating Wilson's right to a fair trial, conspiracy to violate Wilson's constitutional rights, failure to intervene, malicious prosecution, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, respondeat superior, and indemnification. Wilson is represented by Locke Bowman from the MacArthur Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law. The case has been assigned to Judge Kocoras.

Jefferson Tap Beating Case Assigned To Judge Leinenweber

The lawsuit brought by four men who were beaten by off-duty Chicago police officers at the Jefferson Tap and Grille, 323 N. Jefferson Street, in Chicago, has been assigned to the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber. The plaintiffs are Barry Gilfand, Aaron Gilfand, Adam Mastrucci and Scott Lowrance. The defendants are Sgt. Jeffery Planey, Officer Gregory Barnes, Officer Demetrios Kereakes, Officer Vincent Matthews, Officer Matias Padilla, Officer Paul Powers, Sgt. Dale Kingsley, Officer Kenneth Carlyon, Officer Frederick Collins, Officer Christopher Lindahl, Officer Nicole Mayoski, Officer Ana Pina, Probationary Officer Donald Lupo, Probationary Officer Gregory Morabito, Probationary Officer Sarah Zarcone, and the City of Chicago. Plaintiffs allege that "While finishing a game of billiards, plaintiffs were attacked, without provocation, by six Chicago Police Officers: Sgt. Jeffery Planey, Officer Gregory Barnes, Officer Demetrios Kereakes, Officer Vincent Matthews, Officer Matias Padilla and Officer Paul Powers, who were also patrons of the establishment." The suit alleges that "after assaulting officer Sgt. Planey spoke with the responding officers, instead of the responding officers conducting even a cursory investigation, they all immediately left the scene without intervening." The suit further alleges that "As a result of the attack, plaintiffs all sustained severe physical injuries including, but not limited to: broken ribs, broken and bruised facial bones, injured vertebrae and spinal discs, injured shoulder and neck, injured elbow, serious damage to the hips, bruises, contusions and scrapes. Some of the injuries are likely to be permanent."

Karolina Obrycka's Lawsuit Against Anthony Abbate, Jr. Assigned To Judge St. Eve

Karolina Obrycka's lawsuit against Anthony Abbate, Jr., Gary Ortiz, Patti Chiriboga and the City of Chicago has been assigned to Judge Amy St. Eve. Obrycka was the bartender at Jesse's Shortstop Inn, 5425 W. Belmont Avenue, in Chicago, who was beaten by Officer Abbate on February 19, 2007, after she refused to serve him more alcohol. The beating was caught on videotape. The complaint describes the brutal beating that Obrycka suffered and also alleges that defendants Ortiz and Chiriboga told Obrycka that if she would not file a complaint against Abbate that Abbate would pay for her medical bills, lost wages and other financial loss as a result of the beating. The complaint alleges that after Obrycka refused that offer, Abbate, Chiriboga and others told Obrycka that "Defendants were aware of the Plaintiffs' vehicle identification tags and descriptions, and that if the Plaintiffs did not turn over to the Defendants (or destroy) the video tape recording of Abbate savagely beating the Plaintiff, Karolina Obrycka, that the Plaintiffs and patrons of Jesse's Shortstop Inn would be falsely arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or possession and/or trafficking of cocaine." The complaint also alleges that the Chicago Police Department conducted a "sham" investigation of the incident. Martin Kolodziej, the manager of Jesse's Shortstop Inn, and Eva Cepiaszuk, the owner of Jesse's Shortstop Inn, are also plaintiffs in the suit, as they were threatened by defendants to destroy the video tape. The suit seeks damages in excess of $1,000,000.

Karolina Obrycka Sues Anthony Abbate And City Of Chicago

Karolina Obrycka, the bartender at Jesse's Short Stop Inn who was beaten by Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Abbate and the City of Chicago. Abbate beat Obrycka after she refused to serve him drinks. The beating was captured on the bar's security cameras. Obrycka has also sued Gary Ortiz, a friend of Abbate's who attempted to threaten Obrycka into not filing a complaint, and Patti Chiriboga, a waitress at the bar. The suit seeks $1 million in damages and alleges that the City of Chicago fails to investigage and discipline its officers. Obrycka is represented by attorney Terry Ekl. Abbate has been placed on leave by the police department.

Alleged Victims of Police Beating at Jefferson Tap & Grille File Suit

Four men who allege they were beaten by off-duty Chicago police officers at the Jefferson Tap & Grille have filed suit against the bar. The four men are Barry Gilfand, Aaron Gilfand, Adam Mastrucci, and Scott Lowrance. The men allege that the Jefferson Tap & Grille failed to provide proper security for its patrons and "refused to intervene in the attack."

Rene Guerrero Files Suit Against Jerome Finnigan

Rene Guerrero has filed suit against Special Operations officers Jerome Finnigan and John Burzinski alleging they handcuffed him and looted his home in 2005. Guerrero also claims he was held at the police station for 25 hours and denied access to medication and a catheter he needed to urinate, as he is a paraplegic. Guerrero is represented by Arthur Loevy at the law firm of Loevy & Loevy.

Terrance Thompson Claims He Was Framed By Chicago Police Officers

Terrance Thompson has filed suit against Chicago Police Officers Carl Suchocki, John Burzinski and Tim McDermott in the Northern District of Illinois alleging they planted a gun on him during a September 21, 2002 arrest. Suchocki and other Special Operations officers were charged last year with robbing citizens and other misconduct. Thompson was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was released from prison on December 5, 2006.

Jose Lopez Files Suit Against City Of Chicago And Five Chicago Police Officers

Jose Lopez has filed a federal court lawsuit against the City of Chicago and five Chicago Police Officers. Lopez alleges that the defendants violated his rights by framing him for a murder they knew he did not commit. Lopez spent two years in jail awaiting his murder trial. He was subsequently acquitted. Lopez is represented by Jon Loevy at Loevy & Loevy. The City of Chicago and the five Chicago Police Officers are represented by Andrew Hale and Eileen Rosen at Rock Fusco, LLC. The case is pending before the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steven Avery Faces February 5,2007 Trial Date

Jury selection is expected to begin on February 5, 2007 in the criminal case being brought against Steven Avery. Avery is the first person in the U.S. to be charged with a homicide after being exonerated by DNA evidence for a previous crime. The Avery case has had a number of twists and turns. The key chronology is set forth below:

In 1985 Avery was convicted of raping a jogger. In 2003, Avery was released from prison after DNA testing of hairs found at the crime scene did not match Avery. In 2005,  Avery was charged with the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach near his family's salvage yard. Halbach had disappeared after going to the salvage yard to photograph a minivan the family had for sale. Eventually, Avery was charged with first degree intentional murder, mutilating a corpse, possessing a firearm by a felon, first degree sexual assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Later, Avery's 16-year old nephew, Brendan Dassey, confessed to investigators that he assisted his uncle in the Halloween crimes. Avery filed a $36 million dollar federal lawsuit against the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, its former sheriff, Thomas Kocourek, and its former district attorney, Denis Vogel. After being charged with the crimes committed against Teresa Halbach, Avery agreed to settle his federal lawsuit for $400,00. The day after the settlement was announced, Halbach's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Avery. On January 29, 2007, a judge dismissed sexual assault and kidnapping charges against Avery because prosecutors could not say for sure whether Dassey would testify in support of those charges. Four charges remain against Avery, including first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating a corpse. As mentioned earlier, jury selection in that trial is expected to begin February 5, 2007.

Donald Vance Files Suit Against Donald Rumsfeld

On Monday, December 18, 2006, Donald Vance, a 29 year-old former member of the United States Navy, and a former supervisor of security personnel for the Sandi Group and later Shield Group Security (SGS) in Iraq, filed suit against Donald Rumsfeld in the Northern District of Illinois. In his suit, Vance alleges that while employed by SGS in Iraq he observed suspicious payments by SGS agents to Iraqi Sheikhs and reported this activity to the FBI, in particular, to FBI agent Travis Carlisle in Chicago. Vance alleges that he was subsequently removed from the SGS compound and then taken to the US Embassy, then to Camp Prosperity and later to Camp Cropper which Vance alleges houses "high-value" detainees. Vance alleges he was detained for almost 100 days purely for purposes of conducting months of abusive interrogations. Vance alleges he was detained without due process of law, was never charged with a crime, was never told why he was being detained, was never given the opportunity to obtain a lawyer, was never given the opportunity to challenge his detention, and not even his family was told of his detention. Vance alleges that while detained his detention and interrogation were tantamount to torture in that he was exposed to intolerable cold and continuous artificial light, he was placed in solitary confinement, he was subjected to blarring music, he was awoken by startling if he fell asleep, he was subjected to blindfolding and "hooding" and deprived of food and water. Vance alleges that defendant Donald Rumsfeld was personally responsible for developing, authorizing, supervising and implementing the policies and practices of arrest, detention, treatment, and interrogation of detainees in Iraq. Vance alleges that Rumsfeld's policies and directives are inconsistent with fundamental Constitutional and human rights and that "Defendant Rumsfeld is not entitled to any form of official immunity for his knowing decisions to break with the laws protecting American citizens and international treaties on human rights." Vance's complaint contains the following ten counts: false arrest (I), unlawful detention (II), unlawful search and seizure (III), right to counsel in interrogations - coerced statements (IV), denial of Sixth Amendment right to counsel (V), denial of right to confront adverse witnesses (VI), denial of right to present witnesses and evidence, and to have exculpatory evidence disclosed (VII), conditions of detention (VIII), denial of necessary medical care (IX) and denial of property without due process (X). Vance's suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages, punitive damages, costs and attorneys' fees. Vance's suit has been assigned to the Honorable Milton I. Shadur. Vance is represented by attorneys Michael Kanovitz and Jon Loevy of the law firm of Loevy & Loevy.