Up to 50 convictions for murder could be overturned after the investigation was started on the agent who beat people up
It is alleged that now retired Detective Detective Reynaldo Guevara helped draft 50 convictions of mostly Latino men in murder cases in the 1980s and 1990s.
Prosecutors in Chicago are said to be about to release more than 50 people who may have been wrongfully jailed for murders they did not commit, all because a police officer cheated on them or pressured them to make a confession to lay
Retired Chicago detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing dozens of men, mostly Hispanic, from northwest Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s.
So far, 20 people have been acquitted in cases where Guevara took the lead.
Another 14 men are in prison as a result of his involvement, while 16 who have served their sentences still have to clear their records. Unfortunately, some have died behind bars, probably innocent men.
Guevara is said to have beaten people up to make false confessions or intimidated witnesses to make false statements saying they were on murder scenes when they weren’t.
Guevara even told witnesses who to choose from the police lineups.
Guevara has not been charged with any crime, but he has helped prisoners win freedom by repeatedly invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination or insisting that he cannot remember facts, forcing the accusers in various cases dismiss the charges.
So far 20 men have been acquitted, 14 remain in prison as a result of Guevara’s involvement, while 16 released have their data to be wiped clean
Whenever charges are dropped against someone who claims that Guevara framed them, lawyers say that appeals in other Guevara cases are getting stronger.
“With Guevara, we’ve put together this pattern that we can use to support individual cases,” said Karen Daniel, director of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. The organization represented Gabriel Solache, who spent nearly two decades in prison for a double murder before a judge threw his confession to Guevara. Prosecutors dropped the charges against Solache in December 2017.
Jose Maysonet spent nearly 27 years in prison for a double murder in a Guevara case before prosecutors dropped charges against him.
Prosecutors in the Cook County State Department are now going to carry out a ‘comprehensive review’ of the convictions involving Detective Guevara, according to BuzzFeed.
Protesters hold a sign that shows the faces of men who helped Guevara wrongfully convict in a photo from a July 2016 ABC News Chicago report
Nancy Adduci, director of Cook County’s Conviction Integrity Unit, is now compiling a list of names and case numbers of people convicted of crimes involving Guevara in the prosecution.
Adduci said the review is part of the state attorney’s mission to “seek justice in a just manner” and “build confidence in the criminal justice system by restoring convictions that should not stand.”
“Convincing prosecutors to investigate murder convictions is not something that is easy in every scenario,” said Josh Tepfer, a lawyer with the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project, but said, “We got them things show that cannot be explained, examples of perjury, and examples of clear, non-contradictory framing of people that there is no other explanation. ‘
As individual cases, Guevara’s alleged corruption was not always clear, but as a collection of statements, some alarming patterns have become clearer
Tepfer recently met with top delegates from the Cook County state attorney to set out the case against him.
Sometimes the alleged misconduct is not always obvious, especially when things are considered in themselves, but when group patterns become apparent.
“I hope it has some teeth in it,” said lawyer Jennifer Bonjean, who has already been exempted from several cases of Guevara.
“These things take a lot of work, a lot of initiative and I hope there is the manpower, the commitment,” she said.
A judge stated that Guevara had told “ bare lies ” during 2018 witness statements for two men seeking to destroy their beliefs.
In 2016, an appeals court declared the detective guilty of “alarming misconduct.”