Bloomberg Law
Feb. 2, 2022, 3:56 PMUpdated: Feb. 2, 2022, 5:38 PM

Out of Prison and Broke, Wrongly Convicted Sell Their Cases (1)

Roy Strom
Roy Strom

Charles Johnson got his life back when he was released from prison in 2016, after serving 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit. But he was still broke.

“You have to start from scratch,” Johnson said. “From underwear to a bar of soap, you don’t have nothing.”

Johnson did have one item of potential value: A lawsuit.

He sued the City of Chicago and its police department in 2018, alleging that police coerced Johnson and three others into confessing to a double murder. Prosecutors hid crucial fingerprint evidence that years later proved Johnson’s innocence, according to the suit.

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