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On Monday, two judges in two separate cases, involving two different cases of notorious Chicago police misconduct, are set to declare two men innocent who between them spent 45 years wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn’t do.


Between them, the two cases highlight the continuing systemic problem of Chicago police misconduct, which has led it to being dubbed “the false confession capital.”

* Press Conference Immediately After Court *

Monday, April 30, 2018 at approximately 10:45 am

Outside of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse
2650 S. California Ave, Chicago


Anthony Jakes was 15-years-old when Chicago Detectives Kill and Kenneth Boudreau, proteges of Jon Burge, beat a false confession out of him. Robert Bouto was 17-years-old when Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara framed him for murder.

Immediately after both cases are heard Monday morning, both men and their attorneys at The Exoneration Project will hold a press conference just outside of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Avenue. Details on both men’s cases and Monday morning’s brief court hearings are below

Case #1: People v. Bouto

Courtroom 706, 10 am

Robert Bouto’s conviction for a 1993 shooting death near Roosevelt High School will be vacated Monday morning after the Cook County State’s Attorney announces she will not oppose Bouto’s request for a new trial.

Bouto, 42, spent 23 years in prison before he was paroled in 2016. Bouto, 17-years-old when he was falsely arrested, was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment. Bouto’s exoneration represents the 18th* case that has unraveled because of false evidence presented by Det. Reynaldo Guevara.

Det. Guevara, who has been accused of misconduct in almost 100 other cases, refused to testify as to whether he framed Bouto for murder, and asserted his Fifth Amendment right to silence on grounds that a truthful answer would subject him to criminal liability. Two witnesses have come forward to explain that their identifications of Bouto were tainted by Det. Guevara, and Bouto’s alibi witnesses have maintained for over 20 years that they knew an innocent man was wrongfully convicted because they were with him at the time of the crime.

“They didn’t care about who was guilty or who was innocent. Guevara knew I didn’t do it, but he wanted to close a case. I’ve been telling the same story for twenty years to anyone who will listen.” said Bouto.

This is the sixth Exoneration Project client to have his Guevara-related conviction overturned in two years. The Exoneration Project has five additional pending cases of wrongful conviction connected to Guevara, and numerous other investigations are still under way.

* Other Detective Reynaldo Guevara-related exonerations:

1. Roberto Almodovar;

2. Xavier Arcos (conviction reversed on appeal)

3. Robert Bouto (conviction vacated, pending retrial);

4. Santos Flores (conviction reversed on appeal, then took a plea in exchange for release);

5. Ariel Gomez;

6. Henry Johnson (conviction reversed on appeal, then took a plea in exchange for release);

7. Juan Johnson;

8. Jose Maysonet;

9. Jose Montanez;

10. William Negron;

11. Jorge Pacheco (conviction vacated at sentencing);

12. Arturo Reyes;

13. Jacques Rivera;

14. Angel Rodriguez (conviction reversed on appeal);

15. Ricardo Rodriguez;

16. Armando Serrano;

17. Thomas Sierra; and,

18. Gabriel Solache.

Case #2: People v. Jakes

Courtroom 301, 10:30 am

Anthony Jakes, 41, was 15-years-old when he was beat by Chicago Detective Michael Kill and coerced by Detective Kenneth Boudreau, police trained by Jon Burge, into signing a false confession. During the course of a sixteen-hour interrogation without a parent or youth officer present, Jakes was slapped, punched, kicked, and threatened that he would be thrown out of a window, and his family harmed.

Jakes immediately stated that his confession was the product of abuse, and at his bond hearing, injuries to Jakes’ back, stomach, knee, elbows and ribs were photographed. Jakes gave a demonstrably false confession stating that he saw the victim laying in the street while looking out the window of his house. The investigating detectives did not know that this was impossible – Jakes lived in the carriage house behind another building, and could not see the street from his house.

After an evidentiary hearing that has spanned two years, Special Prosecutor Robert Milan will dismiss all charges against Anthony Jakes for a 1991 murder in a Back of the Yards’ sandwich shop. After serving 22 years of a 45-year sentence, Jakes was paroled from prison in 2013.

“It’s been more than 20 years since Chicago was finally forced to fire its notorious Police Commander Jon Burge, and yet his legacy of destroying lives and families continues on,” said Attorney Russell Ainsworth of the Exoneration Project. “This is Burge 2.0. Boudreau and others picked up where Burge left off by abusing young men of color into giving false confessions. Because the City knew about the gross misconduct but refused to stop it, the Detectives believed they could violate people’s rights with impunity, and thus the City is complicit in each of these wrongful convictions.”

Mr. Jakes is the 15th** person to have his conviction overturned in cases where Boudreau played a critical role in obtaining the evidence used to gain the wrongful conviction. It is the sixth Boudreau-related conviction overturned by the Exoneration Project.

** Other Boudreau-related exonerations:

1. Harold Hill;

2. Dan Young;

3. Tyrone Hood

4. Wayne Washington;

5. Michael Saunders;

6. Harold Richardson;

7. Vincent Thames;

8. Terrill Swift;

9. Nevest Coleman;

10. Darryl Fulton;

11. Charles Johnson;

12. Lashawn Ezell;
13. Larod Styles; and,

14. Troshawn McCoy.

* Over a dozen additional men were acquitted at trial despite confessing to murder in cases handled by Boudreau, including Mr. Jakes’s co-defendant, Arnold Day.

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