Waiting for Justice


Pending Cases

Please see the list below for publicly available information about some of our pending cases and for information about some of our clients who are still seeking relief through the criminal justice system.

 

Kevin Dugar

Kevin Dugar is in prison for a 2003 Chicago murder and attempted murder. He was convicted solely based on eyewitness identifications. On September 22, 2016, his identical twin brother Karl Dugar a/k/a Karl Smith testified in court that he (Karl) was the one who actually committed the crimes. Kevin Dugar is appealing the denial of a new trial based on his twin brother's confession. Chicago Tribune story.

Antonio Nicholas

Antonio Nicholas has claimed for decades that Chicago Police detectives under the command of disgraced former Commander Jon Burge beat him into falsely confessing to a 1991 murder. After a circuit court judge dismissed Nicholas's pro se post-conviction petition seeking relief on this claim, the Appellate Court remanded for further proceedings and the CWC entered the case. After the same circuit court judge dismissed the amended petition filed by the CWC, Nicholas appealed again. On November 20, 2017, the Appellate Court once more reversed the dismissal and ordered that an evidentiary hearing take place before a different judge. The case is pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County; Nicholas is represented by attorneys from CWC, Edelson PC, and the People's Law Office.

Randy Steidl

Gordon "Randy" Steidl was convicted of a 1986 double murder in Paris, Illinois, and was sentenced to death a mere four months after his arrest. After 17 years behind bars, Steidl was freed with the assistance of the CWC and charges were dismissed. Steidl is seeking a gubernatorial pardon based on innocence to fully and finally clear his name. His pending clemency petition, filed by CWC and the People's Law Office and supported by Sister Helen Prejean, among others, is on Governor JB Pritzker's October 2019 docket. A more detailed description of Steidl's case can be found here.

Marquis Thomas

Marquis Thomas was convicted of a 2007 shooting murder in Rockford, Illinois, based on eyewitness testimony. His jury never heard that another person confessed to the crime, because the trial court excluded this evidence. Thomas has always maintained his innocence, and after his conviction was affirmed on appeal he filed a pro se post-conviction petition. Thanks to excellent representation by the Office of the State Appellate Defender, the summary dismissal of Thomas's petition was reversed and remanded. Attorneys from the CWC and Schiff Hardin LLP now represent Thomas in pending Winnebago County post-conviction proceedings. The current claims are ineffective assistance of appellate counsel and actual innocence.