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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit rules on South Bend wrongful conviction case [Updated]

In Alexander v. City of South Bend (ND Ind., Christopher A. Nuechterlein, Magistrate Judge) Judge SYKES writes:

Wrongly convicted of attempted rape and several other crimes, Richard Lee Alexander (“Alexander”) was sentenced to seventy years in prison but released after five when newly discovered DNA evidence exonerated him. Shortly after his release, Alexander sued the City of South Bend, Indiana, its police department, its police chief, and several officers. Alexander alleged that South Bend and its officers violated his constitutional rights by conducting a flawed criminal investigation that led to his wrongful conviction. See 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985, and 1986. He accused the officers of conducting faulty photo arrays and a suggestive lineup, destroying evidence, and conspiring to arrest him on the basis of race, and South Bend of failing to train and supervise its officers. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of South Bend and its officers on all counts. We affirm.
[Update] See this commentary on the opinion from Decision of the Day - the entry is titled "No Remedy for Wrongly Imprisoned Man."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 3, 2006 02:06 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions