Retired Chicago cop invokes Fifth greater than 200 occasions throughout wrongful conviction case (News)


a man talking on a cell phone: Former Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara leaves a Chicago courtroom, July 29, 2013.

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Former Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara leaves a Chicago courtroom, July 29, 2013.

A retired Chicago police detective invoked his Fifth Modification proper in opposition to self-incrimination greater than 200 occasions throughout testimony Tuesday in a wrongful conviction case, stories mentioned.

Reynaldo Guevara, 75, and different officers are being sued by a person who spent greater than 20 years behind bars earlier than being cleared of homicide expenses in 2012.

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The plaintiff, Jacques Rivera, 52, might doubtlessly be awarded tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} if his lawsuit is profitable, the Chicago Solar-Instances reported.

Town has already paid out greater than $670 million in police misconduct circumstances over the previous 15 years.

Guevara has lengthy refused to reply questions below oath in regards to the case, the newspaper reported. Throughout Tuesday’s testimony, he answered questions on his identify, age and youngsters. However as questions turned to the substance of the case, Guevara began to provide the identical reply, the Solar-Instances reported.

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“Upon recommendation of my counsel, I respectfully decline to reply the questions on the bottom that I’m being compelled to be a witness in opposition to myself,” Guevara mentioned roughly 30 occasions, earlier than finally altering his reply to “Identical reply,” the report mentioned.

In accordance with the Rivera’s lawsuit, Guevara coerced a 12-year-old boy — the one witness within the case — into figuring out Rivera because the gunman. That witness, Orlando Lopez, recanted his testimony years later, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Together with Rivera, 18 inmates have had their convictions thrown out over allegations of misconduct by Guevara, with eight different federal lawsuits pending, in accordance with authorities.

The Related Press contributed to this story.


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