Saturday, 29 August 2009

Alton Logan, Unjustly Imprisoned for 26 Years, Declared Innocent

CHICAGO (AP) -- A man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit has been officially declared innocent.

Cook County Circuit Judge Paul Biebel Jr. issued a certificate of innocence Friday for Alton Logan.

Logan was convicted in 1983 of fatally shooting a security guard at a McDonald's restaurant.

Last year, two attorneys revealed that their former client had admitted committing the crime. Attorney-client privilege had kept them from coming forward until the man died in 2007.

Logan was freed on bail last April, and the case was dismissed. The certificate of innocence will allow him to get job training and compensation from the state.

Logan's attorney, Jon Loevy, says he may file a lawsuit against Chicago police for wrongful conviction.


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