8: T.J. Versus The City Of Chicago

T.J. Jimenez
In 2009, Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez celebrated after his 1993 murder conviction was vacated. He eventually won a $25 million award in his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city — money that, prosecutors say, he used to support his gang. File photo / Chicago Sun-Times
T.J. Jimenez
In 2009, Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez celebrated after his 1993 murder conviction was vacated. He eventually won a $25 million award in his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city — money that, prosecutors say, he used to support his gang. File photo / Chicago Sun-Times

8: T.J. Versus The City Of Chicago

It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

T.J. Jimenez and his lawyers claim the police set him up for murder, and he deserves millions of dollars for the years he spent in prison. During a civil trial, Jimenez becomes angry watching a heavyweight match between two persuasive Chicago lawyers. One side claims the police framed him for a murder. The other side claims he’s a murderer.

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