Man wrongly imprisoned for 11 years freed today

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A man imprisoned for 11 years accused of rape will walk free today.

The Cook County State’s Attorney is expected to drop charges after the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project started dissecting the wrongful conviction.

58-year-old Carl Chatman, a mentally disabled homeless man, was accused of raping a woman inside the Daley Center in May of 2002. Chatman’s lawyer says there was no evidence of a crime and the woman cried rape simply to make money off of damages.

She got a big sum of money from this case and another big settlement when she made the same claim in 1979 about another man.

Today, Chatman will be released after 11 years behind bars.

His family says they have always believed he was innocent.

Chatman is expected to be released from the Dixon correctional center this afternoon.

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  • Caring

    The female that cried wolf should go to jail for a 30yr. sentence. And this man should sue the hell out of the city and whoever he can. That is totally wrong to do to anyone.

  • Ahkang

    And the woman who falsely accused him for money?
    Oh, that’s right .. We have been told over and over again never to question women in this situation. Because no woman would EVER falsely claim that she had been assaulted. Except this one. And the one who put the aspiring football player in Long Beach Ca, who had already been awarded a scholarship to a D1 university program, behind bars for years with a false claim, also to get money. And the one in Brea, Ca, who made up a rape story and blamed a “black guy” as a cover for being out with her friends late at night. And so on. And that is before you get started on the tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, who invent such charges during divorce proceedings.