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He was convicted on the testimony of a blind man, and now he is prosecuting in Chicago

He was convicted on the testimony of a blind man, and now he is prosecuting in Chicago

The man was acquitted in December 2023 after it was proven that the witness had glaucoma and lied about his vision problems.



Courtesy | Harris was sentenced to 76 years in prison for murder

After being convicted and spending 12 years in prison, a man filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago (USA) and the local police department.

One of the pieces of evidence that incriminates him is that of a blind man.

In 2014, Darian Harris was sentenced to 76 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a Chicago gas station in June 2011.

However, last December, he was acquitted after it was proven that the witness had glaucoma and had lied about his vision problems.

Because of these abuses, the man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, which he said resulted in “improper conduct” by police that “fabricated evidence through tactics including false statements and witness identifications.” Coercion, threats, disclosure of facts and promises of leniency.

He further argued that the conviction was not an “individual incident” but “part of a pattern and practice of systemic police misconduct.”

For her part, Harris, 31, said she still faces difficulties rebuilding her life.

“I don’t have any financial support. I still am [tratado como] A criminal, so I can’t get a good job. “It’s hard for me to go to school,” she added, “and I feel like they’ve taken away a part of me that’s going to be hard to get back.”

Testimony in question

At the hearing, Magistrate Nicholas Ford based his sentence on the testimony of Dexter Saffold, who said he saw Rondell Moore killed in the shooting and ran into him as the shooter fled.

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Additionally, he identified Harris in a lineup and in court during the trial.

When the defense attorney asked him if the diabetes had affected his vision, he answered yes, but denied that he had vision problems, even though his doctor had deemed him legally blind nine years before the incident.

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