A key City Council committee Monday signed off on a $3.6 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by a man who spent nearly 10 years in prison for an attack on a woman who later said she made a mistake when she identified him as her assailant.
Robert Wilson had sought $9.9 million, a figure reflecting the nine years and nine months he spent behind bars on an attempted murder conviction before he was released in 2006, said Leslie Darling, an attorney for the city. Wilson, who alleged that his confession to the crime was coerced, was pardoned in 2008 by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
“I think he deserves $10 million,” said Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st. “In this case, I think approving the $3.6 million is a cost-saving measure and quite prudent.”
If the deals are approved, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration will have settled nine cases involving alleged police misconduct for a total of $9.4 million since September. All the alleged misconduct — ranging from improper response to medical needs to railroading innocent defendants — occurred during the 22-year tenure of former Mayor Richard Daley.
via Chicago Tribune.
Of course the 800 pound gorilla in the room is Jon Burge. The fallout from this corrupt cop’s actions have only begun to spill. And lest we forget who was the Cook County State’s Attorney while Burge was running roughshod over the South Side? Ya, none other than Da Mare himself, Richard Daley.
Our children’s children will pay for the corruption of the Daley years. And yet history will probably be kind to him. It’s a very sad state of affairs.