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Old 12-07-2007, 02:21 AM
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Default Police sued by prisoner cleared of rape charge by DNA test

Police sued by prisoner cleared of rape charge by DNA test
November 27, 2007

A man who spent eight years in prison pleading for the DNA test that finally cleared him of a rape charge filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Chicago police, two detectives and a former crime lab analyst.

...Detectives Jack Stewart and Steven Barnes mismanaged the lineup at which a witness picked out Pendleton as the rapist by letting the witness see Pendleton in handcuffs before the lineup, the lawsuit said.

It also said that former crime lab analyst Pamela Fish, who is no longer a police employee, prepared a report wrongly saying that not enough evidence remained from the rape to perform a meaningful DNA test.

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I have read many recent cases in which inmates who have been falsely convicted for rape and murder charges are set free. The Will County case with Kevin Fox is one of many. There are many excellent attorneys that are making the difference to set the innocent free. I think a big part of this is the Innocence Projects too. There are many police and crime labs that are under much scrutiny and rightfully so when allegations of improper procedures and misconduct are proven. I am predicting that there will be many more cases to follow in the coming years.
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