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Court rules judges not immune in Beaman suit

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:00:13 CDT
By: Jim Browne

A pair of McLean County judges will remain defendents in a suit filed by a man who spent over a dozen years in prison for a murder conviction later overturned. A federal district court judge ruled James Souk and Charles Reynard don't have immunity from a suit filed two years ago by Alan Beaman. The Rockford man was convicted of killing his girlfriend in the twin cities in 1993. That conviction was overturned by the state supreme court. In the suit, Beaman alleges the former prosecutors conspired with police to wrongfully convict Beaman of the crime. McLean County, the town of Normal, and several police officers are also named in the suit. Beaman is also seeking a certificate of innocence from the state of Illinois, along with a gubernatorial pardon.

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