Pendleton v. Fish, Chicago Police, and City of Chicago
Innocent Man Serves Years in Prison Due to Incomplete, Misleading DNA Report by Chicago Police, Lawsuit Charges
Attorneys representing Marlon Pendleton, an innocent man who spent years in prison for a rape he did not commit, filed a lawsuit (pdf) today alleging that Chicago Police manipulated a police line-up and that Police Crime Lab analyst Pamela Fish prepared an incomplete and egregiously misleading lab report that resulted in Marlon Pendleton's wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
According to the suit, Chicago Police Detectives Jack Stewart and Steve Barnes mishandled the lineup procedure, manipulating the victim into identifying Pendleton as her assailant. Fish prepared an incomplete lab report that claimed that DNA material found on the rape victim-evidence that would have exonerated Pendleton-was insufficient to retest.
"Marlon Pendleton served many years in prison for a crime he did not commit and deserves to be compensated for those lost years and the impact the horrible ordeal has had on his life," said one of Pendleton's attorneys Locke Bowman, legal director of the Northwestern University's MacArthur Justice Center. "Mr. Pendleton is another victim of misconduct and incompetence within the Chicago Police Department."
Updated - 11/27/2007