Wrongfully Convicted Man Files Lawsuit

Attorneys say Chicago Police Department's own records show Deon Patrick was in custody at the time of the homicides for which he was convicted

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    Deon Patrick was released from prison in January after prosecutors dismissed charges

    A Chicago man who spent 21 years in prison for a double killing before the charges were dropped filed a federal lawsuit alleging Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors created a false confession and forced him to sign it.

    Deon Patrick was convicted in 1995 of the 1992 slayings of Sharon Haugabook and Jeffrey Lassiter. He was released in January, after prosecutors dismissed charges.

    Patrick's attorneys argued the Chicago Police Department's own records show Patrick was locked up at the time of the murders.

    Patrick's lawsuit names the City of Chicago, police detectives, and two prosecutors for their role in his arrest and conviction.

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    A former Chicago man who served more than 20 years in prison before Cook County prosecutors tossed the case, says he wants justice for what he says are lost years of life spent behind bars as a result of a wrongful conviction. (Published Monday, Feb. 3, 2014)

    "I want the people that put me there intentionally to experience everything I've experienced," he said Monday.

    The Cook County state's attorney's office refused comment on the lawsuit. A telephone call to city of Chicago corporation Council's office for comment wasn't immediately returned.