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Men suing Chicago for ignoring exculpatory evidence

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'Terrill Swift, Michael Saunders, Harold Richardson, and Vincent Thames – known as the “Englewood Four” – had their convictions for a 1994 murder overturned last year, after DNA evidence cleared them of guilt.

Richardson and Saunders spent 17 years behind bars before they were cleared. Swift and Thames served 12 years in prison, and had already been released when they were cleared.

Now, all four men are suing the city, Cook County prosecutors, and several detectives, claiming authorities ignored evidence that a career criminal, Johnny “Maniac” Douglas, was responsible for the murders. Last year, new DNA testing linked Douglas to Glover’s murder.

Swift was 17 years old, still in high school, and had never been in trouble, but another teenager from his neighborhood implicated him and three other boys in 1995 in the November 1994 rape and murder of a 30-year-old prostitute named Nina Glover.
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He said the questioning lasted more than 12 hours, with officers often standing just a few inches away, and yelling at him: “You’re going to die in jail, you’re never going home.”'


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