Clinic Leads Suit Against Chicago Police for Wrongful Imprisonment

Wrongly imprisoned man sues CPD
Chinta Strausberg
Chicago Defender
July 16, 2002

After spending 17 months in jail on charges that he raped and killed his own mother, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in state court Monday on behalf of a 25 year-old Black mentally challenged man who was forced into confessing the crime.

Craig B. Futterman, assistant clinical professor of law at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, said the lawsuit was filed on the charges of malicious prosecutions based on detectives "maliciously prosecuted Corethian Bell without any good reason much less probable cause.

"They falsely imprisoned Bell for 17 months, and they intentionally inflicted emotional distress," Futterman told the Chicago Defender.

In July 2000, Futterman said Bell, "who is a borderline mentally retarded young man, discovered his mom's naked, bloodied body in the bathroom. He called 911 and the dispatcher told him to go back to his mot