Sunday, February 9, 2014

Marion Miller: Illinois; Exonerated on rape charges by DNA testing, he claims in a federal lawsuit that he was beaten into a false confession out of view of police recording devices; The allegedly offending officer is said to have pleaded guilty in November to two federal counts of cocaine-related drug charges and faces up to nine years in prison. The Pantagraph.

STORY: "Man sues East St. Louis, detective in rape case," published by Pantagraph on February 4, 2014.

GIST: "An East St. Louis man who was exonerated of rape charges has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and a former police detective he says beat him into a false confession..........The lawsuit alleges former East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward struck him several times out of the view of police recording devices. DNA tests absolved Miller of the crime after he was in custody for several months and led to the arrest of another man........."East St. Louis' response that coercion is impossible because the confession was videotaped is preposterous," said Miller's attorney, Jarrod Beasley. "The idea that the interrogating officer would coerce a confession out of Mr. Miller in an area he knows is wired for sound and video defies logic. We should remember, the officers know where and when they are being recorded ... and where they are not." Ward pleaded guilty in November to two federal counts of cocaine-related drug charges and faces up to nine years in prison. He resigned from the East St. Louis Police Department in May."

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