Felon who claims Chicago cop abused him to coerce false testimony at heart of convicted murderer’s bid for new trial – chicagotribune.com

Posted: December 25, 2010 by scaryhouse in Bad Cops, IDOC, Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases, The Causes of Wrongful Convictions, Uncategorized

By Matthew Walberg, Tribune reporter
December 25, 2010

A Chicago police officer and the convicted felon he is alleged to have coerced and bribed into giving false testimony are the heart of Armando Serrano’s bid for freedom, according to a Northwestern University Law School attorney and a journalism professor trying to win him a new trial.

That allegation has been obscured by the recent publicity surrounding the Northwestern University journalism students who have worked on Serrano’s case. Serrano, 38, has spent nearly two decades in prison for murder.

Last month, Cook County prosecutors asked a judge to allow them to subpoena records compiled by students with the Medill Innocence Project, arguing that they are entitled to a full accounting of the work that led to the recantation of Francisco Vicente, the state’s key witness at Serrano’s 1994 trial.

via Felon who claims Chicago cop abused him to coerce false testimony at heart of convicted murderer’s bid for new trial – chicagotribune.com.

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