Jimenez v. City of Chicago, No. 12-2779 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
At age 15 Jimenez was convicted of a murder he did not commit. He spent 16 years in prison before he was exonerated. He filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state law against the City of Chicago and former Chicago detective, Bogucki, for violating his constitutional right to due process of law and for malicious prosecution. Bogucki tainted an identification by showing the witness a picture of Jiminez in advance. A jury awarded him $25 million in compensatory damages. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, first rejecting a Batson claim because the defendants did not show that a biased juror was seated or any harm. The court properly instructed the jury concerning Jiminez’s Brady claim and was not required to provide the entire transcript of the original trial.