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Chicago's exoneration of those falsely convicted by police torture.
The legacy of the Chicago Police Department's Rey Guevara and torturer Jon Burge.
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For three years before the pandemic, my brother Michael Klonsky and I did a weekly radio show and podcast at Chicago’s Lumpen Radio.
One of the things I’m most proud of is that the show allowed us to shine some light on the history false convictions and police torture used to exact confessions that made Chicago the false conviction capital of the United States.
All those shows are sill available on Hittingleft.libsyn.com
Like this one with reporter Curtis Black in 2017. At other times we had reporters Jackie Serrato and Jamie Kalven.
Daniel Rodriguez, framed by disgraced ex-CPD Det. Rey Guevara, was exonerated yesterday morning.
It is the 21st overturned conviction tied to Guevera, who continues to collect a pension from Chicago taxpayers & costs the City millions per year in attorneys fees. (
Daniel Rodriquez served 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and was exonerated of a 1991 murder, framed by corrupt former Chicago police detectives Reynaldo Guevara and Ernest Halvorsen.
“There is no longer any dispute that Guevara and Halverson terrorized families on Chicago’s westside,” said Anand Swaminathan, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers.
Swaminathan continued, "We are thankful for the decision to vacate Daniel’s conviction, but there are many other innocent men calling out from prison as Cook County continues to defend convictions supposedly ‘solved’ by Guevara and Halvorsen.”
In March 2020, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced a review of Guevara-related convictions.