Chicago Properly Withheld 48 Years’ Worth Of Police Misconduct Files, Illinois Supreme Court Rules

Chicago Police Department officials did not violate the Illinois Freedom of Information Act when they refused to turn over nearly five decades’ worth of secret files detailing allegations of misconduct by officers in 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.

The unanimous Supreme Court decision, released Sept. 22, resolves a 7-year-old lawsuit brought by Charles Green, who was sentenced to life in prison at age 16 after being convicted in a 1985 quadruple murder. Justice Lisa Holder White joined the court in May, after oral arguments in the case, and did not participate in the decision.

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