Exoneree Diaries: James Kluppelberg's fight for freedom
October 28, 2013
THEY CALLED IT the M&M shop, like the chocolate candy. It was Menard Correctional Center’s maintenance department, the one responsible for doing repairs throughout the maximum-security prison. For James, it meant something to do, time away from his cell, where he would otherwise spend 23 hours a day, every day.
Carl Chatman, who had been sentenced to 30 years (and served 11) after being accused and convicted of a 2002 rape at Chicago's Daley Center, has been released after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.
Tears streaming down his face, a man who wrongly spent nearly 25 years behind bars was granted a certificate of innocence Monday by a Cook County judge who called the ordeal an "injustice," according to his attorneys.