By Eric Horng, abc7chicago.com
The spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said they will vacate the convictions of 15 defendants Thursday, all of which are connected to arrests made by one former Chicago police sergeant.
Spokesman Robert Foley said State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s Conviction Integrity Unit have been reviewing claims of wrongful convictions involving arrests made by Sergeant Ronald Watts and officers working under his command, and found a pattern of narcotics arrests that “raise serious concerns about the validity of the resulting convictions” for 15 defendants.
Foley said the State’s Attorney’s Office will vacate those convictions.
The Exoneration Project, which filed a consolidated petition requesting the exoneration of the defendants, said charges are expected to be dismissed against the men at a 9:30 a.m. hearing Thursday.