City Agrees to Pay $9.3 Million For Wrongful Conviction Tied to Burge Detectives

James Kluppelberg is released from Menard Correctional Facility in Chester on May 31, 2012, after 20-plus years in prison for charges in a fatal fire.

Chicago officials have agreed to pay $9.3 million to a man wrongfully convicted of setting a 1984 fire that killed a mother and her five children, a crime he confessed to only after he was allegedly beaten by detectives working under disgraced Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

The proposed settlement in the federal lawsuit brought by James Kluppelberg marks the latest in a string of massive payouts by the city involving cases of alleged police misconduct.

It also adds to the ever-mounting costs of the torture scandal involving Burge and his “midnight crew” of detectives, which has stained the city’s reputation and so far cost taxpayers at least $115 million in lawsuit settlements, judgments and other compensation to victims.

The $9.3 million deal, made public Wednesday but reached as the trial over Kluppelberg’s lawsuit was set to go to trial in August, will be considered by the City Council’s Finance Committee at its meeting Friday. If approved , the full City Council will vote on the proposal next week.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department had no comment.

Kluppelberg, 52, spent nearly 25 years in prison for setting the fatal blaze that killed Elva Lupercio, 28, and her five children, ages 3 to 10, in their home in the 4400 block of South Hermitage Avenue. The building was destroyed. Testing did not find any signs of accelerants.

Fire investigators originally labeled the cause undetermined and said it appeared to have been an accident. But the case was reopened more than four years later when a man arrested on burglary charges told police that Kluppelberg had set the fire. The man’s girlfriend had left him for Kluppelberg a few weeks after the fire, Kluppelberg’s attorney told the Tribune after his conviction.

Kluppelberg was arrested and later confessed to the arson. The lawsuit filed by Kluppelberg in May 2013 alleged that he confessed only after being beaten so badly by Chicago police detectives working under Burge that he urinated blood. Doctors found signs of trauma to his back and kidneys, and a trial judge later threw out Kluppelberg’s confession but not the underlying charges.

Kluppelberg’s attorneys at the law firm of Winston & Strawn and the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School had argued that the fire was not intentionally set, citing their expert, who found that it might have been accidental.

The man who first implicated Kluppelberg recanted and said in a sworn statement that he had lied to get leniency in his burglary case. And Kluppelberg’s attorneys alleged that authorities had concealed information about a woman who admitted setting a fire to a home on the same night about a block away. The woman, who was convicted of that arson, told officials she had been too drunk to remember whether she had set the fire blamed on Kluppelberg.

It wasn’t until 2012 that Cook County prosecutors dismissed the charges against Kluppelberg, saying they no longer could meet their burden of proof.

Kluppelberg left prison that year with $14.17 in the pocket of his gray sweatpants. He moved to Indiana to be close to his son and daughter-in-law, who supported him while he unsuccessfully looked for work. He later told the Tribune he felt “lost,” struggling to adjust to life on the outside and sleeping only three or four hours a night.

“I thought my life would be moving forward by now,” Kluppelberg said in the 2013 interview. “In a way, I feel like I’m still locked up.”

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Ratko Mladic’s Sham Trial and Conviction

Ratko Mladic’s Sham Trial and Conviction



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



The Western-controlled  International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was charged with delivering victor’s justice, polar opposite the real thing.



In March 2016, it wrongfully convicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on multiple counts of genocide in Srebrenica, war crimes and crimes against humanity, sentencing him to 40 years in prison.



At age-71, it was a virtual life sentence. He served as Bosnian Serb Republika Srpska president from 1992 – 1996, part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Alleged genocide at Srebrenica was more myth than massacre. Deaths were hugely inflated, the ICTY established to blame Serbs for war crimes committed by both sides.



Srebrenica was a combined Muslim military base and refugee “safe area.” Serbian President/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia leader Slobodan Milosevic, wanted Serbs restrained from overrunning it.



Before the alleged July 1995 massacre, falsely claiming 8,000 Muslim Bosniak deaths, Srebrenica-based Muslim forces carried out numerous attacks on nearby Serb villages.



Muslim Sarajevo officials withdrew their Srebrenica commanders, leaving thousands of soldiers leaderless.



When Bosnian Serb forces captured Srebrenica on July 11, 1995, civilians wanted to leave because of chaotic conditions.



Women and children were separated from men to locate perpetrators of raids on Serb villages and take revenge.



A small number alone were detained. Alleged Srebrenica victims reflected lies and half-truths based on what’s known – omitted in official and major media accounts. 



The 8,000 number included the Red Cross estimate of 3,000 “witnesses” allegedly detained by Bosnian Serbs, along with another 5,000 the Red Cross said “fled Srebrenica,” many to Central Bosnia.



They fled for safety and weren’t killed. Years later, forensic teams discovered 2,361 bodies where heavy fighting occurred – including combatants on both sides, not massacred civilians.



Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Karadzic and Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic were declared guilty by accusation.



Milosevic perished from medical neglect at the Hague. Karadzic was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, Mladic unjustly treated the same way.



Presiding Judge Alphons Orie unjustifiably said his actions were “among the most heinous known to humankind” – an outrageous perversion of truth.



According to his son Datco, his father said “(t)his is all lies. This is a NATO (hanging) court” – dispensing injustice, not the other way around.



“The court was totally biased from the start,” Datco stressed, its ruling certain before proceedings began.



Mladic was falsely charged with two counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity, and four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, including for the fantasy Srebrenica massacre.



The so-called victim count was invented. Thousands of alleged victims weren’t massacred. They fled. Yet they were included in the mythical death toll to inflate it.



Mladic intends appealing his unjust sentence. Western injustice makes overturning it virtually unattainable.



In 2015, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution on the 20th anniversary of the fantasy Srebrenica massacre, saying it solely blamed Serbs for the rape of Yugoslavia.



Washington during the Clinton co-presidency warrants full responsibility, wanting Yugoslavia raped and balkanized for easier Western control.



Slobodan Milosevic was falsely charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and violations of the laws or customs of war.



In the March 2016 ICTY wrongful conviction of Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic was posthumously exonerated – unannounced and practically unnoticed, buried well into Karadzic’s 2,590-page conviction.



Will he and Mladic be absolved one day when they’ve passed, each no longer able to say I told you so.



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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”



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Philadelphia Judge Tosses Murder Conviction Because Detective Fabricated Evidence


A Philadelphia judge on Friday threw out a murder conviction and sentence of a man who has been behind bars since 2008, ruling that the homicide detective who arrested him fabricated evidence and provided trial testimony that was so prejudicial it should have resulted in a mistrial.

The ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was the answered prayer that Dwayne Thorpe, 34, and his family had been seeking for years, while it was the latest blow to Detective James Pitts, who for years has been accused in lawsuits, court filings, and police Internal Affairs reports of using heavy-handed interrogation methods to coerce statements from suspects and witnesses.

The Inquirer and Daily News reported earlier this week that the city paid $750,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a West Philadelphia man named Nafis Pinkney whom a jury acquitted of a 2009 double murder to which Pitts and his partner had coerced Pinkney to confess to committing.

During his 2013 trial, Pinkney testified that he signed a false confession statement after a 24-hour interrogation session during which the detectives assaulted him. Another man has since confessed to committing the slayings, but has yet to be charged.

Pitts, who did not attend Friday’s hearing, joined the Police Department in 1989 and was promoted to the Homicide Unit in 2006. In seven lawsuits in which he was a defendant, the city has paid or been ordered to pay plaintiffs more than $2.5 million, according to court and city records.

City payroll records show that Pitts last year was paid $177,671, including $97,034 in overtime.

Thorpe’s mother, Michelle Evans, reacted with a combination of shock and joy to the judge’s ruling Friday.

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U.S. court tosses murder conviction of ex-Blackwater guard

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out the murder conviction of an ex-Blackwater security guard and ordered three of his former colleagues to be re-sentenced in the high-profile prosecution stemming from the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.

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Breaking: A Hillary Conviction Is Being Offered Up In Deal Between Deep State and Trump

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They say that little things come in small packages. This will be one of the most concise and condensed articles that I have ever written. However, it may prove to be one of the most important I have written, since I broke the Benghazi mutiny story almost 5 years ago.

Please note the caption in the picture above. Obviously, Hillary did not become President. However, she is going to jail for her actions in pursuit of the office.

Hillary Clinton Is Being Offered Up As a Sacrifice by the Deep State

I was told by very reliable inside sources that Jeff Sessions was closing in on the alleged pedophilia allegations against John Podesta and Hillary Clinton and this was going to prove doable because Anthony Weiner and possibly Huma Abedin were going to turn State’s evidence. Weiner is taking his chances in jail (27 months). However, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is closing in, with the foreign support of President Duterte and Vladimir Putin on child-sex-trafficking emanating out of the United States’ elite Deep State.

Yesterday, even Putin said the Deep State assassinated John Kennedy. And with each passing day, and with each child-sex-trafficking arrest, the Deep State risks more exposure to both their existence as a shadow government and their true nature. The light of day is something that Deep State will not permit, so a deal is being made which will be revealed in the final paragraphs of this article.

The Sources

Since the election of Donald Trump, I have been receiving information from an FBI employee (nonspecific) and two State Department employees. One of the State Department employees and the FBI employee must remain anonymous. One State Department employee, Monika Wesolowski and she can provide confirmation to the some of the ancillary revelations in this article.

Clinton Will Be Offered Up On a Platter

Yesterday, I read no less than six articles in which DNC officials want Hillary to just go away. The fact that these stories were released on the same day is not a coincidence. this is part of the deal that has been made between Donald Trump and members of the Deep State. This is the primary reason why former FBI director, James Comey, was fired when he was. His loyalty to Clinton was a  threat to this arrangement. Here are the links to a few of these stories emanating from the DNC and the media who are distancing themselves from Hillary.

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/even-clinton-groupies-cnn-are-fed-hillarys-pathological-bullshit/ri20012

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/hillary-clinton-dazzles-memorial-day-crowds-her-favorite-anti-seizure-glasses/ri19988     

Rmember? Hillary was not supposed to be ill. Where did this come from?

Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton, and James Comey’s brother (runs finances for the Clinton Foundation) are under FBI investigation as I write these words. The tips to Jeff Sessions were provided by sources close to Clinton, presumably, Deep State operatives. Hillary will very likely go to jail, or at minimum receive a suspended sentence and pay a big fine. I have been told that the Clinton Foundation will cease to exist in its present form. Some may remember that I broke the story, from my same sources, that Podesta had been caught converting Clinton Foundation assets to gold, art, etc., and then hiding these assets. I stated at the time, that Hillary knows that RICO will soon come knocking and that total asset forfeiture will occur. Podesta is trying to stay one step ahead.

Clinton Will Not Go Down for Child Trafficking, Drug Dealing, Money Laundering or Gun Running

The Deep State is feeling the heat because the most prominent members of the Independent Media have been relentless in their pursuit of these activities, especially child-sex-trafficking. I was told by my sources that the Deep State, even with the support of the media, cannot contain these revelations. They do not want a sleeping public to be aroused by a story that would dwarf Watergate.

To the best of my knowledge, this has not hit the mainstream media, yet, but it will very soon. Hillary is being investigated by the FBI for “pay for play” and misusing her authority as the Secretary of State to get Lois Lerner, IRS director at the time, to prosecute an African national government official who is living inside the United States if this African official does not help stop the investigation into a government official from Bangladesh who participated in pay for play with regard to the Clinton Foundation. There is a second African nation that is subject to this investigation, as well, for the same reasons. I have agreed to not release the identity of the second nation because it is too close to one of my sources.

Please note that Hillary will be going down for “pay for play” and not drug dealing, gun running nor child-sex-trafficking. She will also be charged with malfeasance of office with regard to the IRS issue. In exchange, Trump gets to purge much of the Deep State that is embedded in the FBI and the State Department.

All three sources, including Weslowski have told me that their supervisors have cleaned out their desks. Many are taking retirement. In Monika Wesolowski’s case, her supervisor and her supervisors two levels up are all leaving. Monika said that her office is almost empty. The purge is already beginning.

Conclusion

This story is a work in progress and there will be updates. I chose to publish what I know at this point because I wanted to get out in front the mainstream media spin that will undoubtedly be coming in order deceive the public. I asked the question, “Does this mean that Trump is backing off of child-sex-trafficking?” Nobody is certain.

Please note that the allegations that will be coming Hillary’s way will have nothing to do with the big three criminal activities of the Deep State.

One final note, Wasserman-Schultz, according to my FBI source, better have lots of body guards because in trying to distance herself from the related Seth Rich murder, she is bringing the same kind of attention that the Deep State is trying so hard to avoid.

I will be offering counterpoints to the MSM as this story about pay for play begins to break in the MSM. I am also producing a video which validates the claim that Hillary has been “ditched” by DNC leadership.

Finally, we now know why Hillary was not prosecuted by Trump for the emails when he took office.

 

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Convicted Baltimore murderer in ‘Serial’ podcast seeks hearing

(Reuters) – A lawyer for a Baltimore man whose conviction for murder was called into question by the 2014 “Serial” podcast asked a court on Tuesday to reopen proceedings so an alibi witness can testify for him.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month allowed the convict, Adnan Syed, to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999.

Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

The appeals court said it would stay that appeal and return the case to Baltimore City Circuit Court to re-open the post-conviction proceedings. McClain said in an affidavit the prosecutor had discouraged her from attending them.

The petition by Syed’s lawyer, C. Justin Brown, formally requested the lower court to return the case to the Baltimore court.

The podcast, “Serial,” was released by public radio station WBEZ Chicago in October and was the fastest to reach 5 million downloads, according to Apple.

A subsequent podcast, “Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed,” was produced by lawyers fighting to overturn his conviction, and aired its first episode in April.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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