People of Illinois v. Victor Perez


People of Illinois v. Victor Perez, 189 Ill. 2b 254 (Illinois Sup. Ct. 2000):

At the time he hired Mr. Goodman’s firm, Mr. Perez stood convicted of 1st degree murder on a theory of accountability and was serving a twenty-year sentence.  Mr. Goodman argued  Mr. Perez’s case before the Illinois Supreme Court and won a unanimous reversal of his conviction, followed by an executive pardon and cash settlement from the court of claims.  Mr. Perez was released after five years of unjust incarceration.  This decision is a landmark and often-cited case supporting the principle that presence at the scene does not make one accountable even when the crime is gang-related.

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