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Developments in reversing wrongful convictions to be discussed by Burge torture survivor and attorney at Gage

Posted: 09/28/2012
Darrell Cannon, who was exonerated of a murder conviction that was based on a confession he gave while tortured by Chicago police, and People’s Law Office attorney Joey Mogul (pictured above) will discuss the case and Cannon’s ongoing legal battle during Roosevelt University’s 2nd annual Wrongful Conviction Speaker Series, which is being held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

The Chicago man spent 24 years of a life sentence behind bars for the 1983 murder of Darren Ross, a crime he falsely confessed to while being tortured with a loaded shotgun in his mouth and an electric cattle prod pressed to his testicles by a Chicago police crew led by police commander Jon Burge.

Five years after his release and exoneration, Cannon continues to battle the city of Chicago for the right to receive monetary damages above and beyond the $1,247 he collected in a settlement with the city while he was still in prison and long before the full-blown Burge torture scandal, in which more than 100 people were coerced into making confessions, came to light.

Cannon will tell his story and Mogul, who has advocated for Chicago police torture survivors for the last 15 years, will discuss ongoing efforts to obtain justice for her clients, including bringing Burge torture cases to the U.N. Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.  Mogul is also the co-author of Queer (In)Justice: A groundbreaking work that turns a "queer eye" on the criminal legal system.

Sponsored by Roosevelt University’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project and the Department of Psychology, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bethany Barratt at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu or Shari Berkowitz at sberkowitz@roosevelt.edu.

“There is much being done today to change the tide in which law enforcement is to blame for thousands of Americans being wrongfully convicted,” said Bethany Barratt, director of the Loundy Human Rights Project. “We look forward to discussing these issues and to hearing Darrell Cannon’s personal story,” she said.