Originally Posted Online: Nov. 15, 2012, 1:48 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 15, 2012, 4:32 pm

Englewood Four file federal lawsuit in Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) — Four Chicago men have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago after they were wrongfully convicted in a 1994 Chicago rape and murder.

The men, known as "the Englewood Four," filed the lawsuit Thursday asking for a jury trial. The lawsuit names the city, several Chicago police officers and other public entities. The Cook County State's Attorney's office decided in January not to retry the men after a judge overturned their convictions in November 2011. New DNA evidence linked another person to the crime.

The men are Michael Saunders, Harold Richardson, Terrill Swift and Vincent Thames. They claim emotional distress and malicious prosecution. The men each spent at least 15 years in prison.

A spokesman said the city hasn't been served with the lawsuit and had no comment.