Oppenheimer Firm

Chicago’s Nationally Recognized Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Firm

Securing A Historic $40M Settlement In Wrongful Conviction Case

DIXMOOR, Ill. — In a landmark victory for justice, The Oppenheimer Firm has achieved what is considered one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements in Illinois.

A group known as the Dixmoor 5 received a settlement of $40 million after they were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1991. This resolution was a groundbreaking moment for the state of Illinois and acted as a testament to the dedication and commitment of The Oppenheimer Firm‘s legal team fighting for those who were wrongfully accused.

“The historic settlement of $40 million is a profound reminder of the grave injustices that can occur within our legal system,” stated Michael Oppenheimer, representing Shianne Sharp. “Although no amount of money can truly compensate for the years lost and the suffering endured, this settlement represents a step towards rectifying the wrongs of the past.”

The Dixmoor 5 were in prison for a combined 80 years before DNA evidence was able to prove their innocence. The resulting legal battle was considerable, and our staff highlighted the failures of the legal system and how they led to the wrongful convictions in this case. The settlement shows the magnitude of this case and how important it is to hold legal institutions accountable.

As the Dixmoor 5 face the challenges of reintegrating into society and rebuilding their lives, we remained committed to their needs. Our advocacy and negotiation in this case is only one example of our dedication to protecting civil rights and legal reform.

“While this settlement closes a chapter for the Dixmoor 5, it also opens a discussion on the need for systemic changes to prevent such miscarriages of justice in the future,” said Michael Oppenheimer. “We will continue to fight for those who have been silenced and ensure that their voices are heard.”

About Our Firm

The Oppenheimer Firm has established itself as a pillar of justice, representing clients in high-profile civil rights cases and advocating for those wronged by the legal system. With a focus on wrongful convictions, police misconduct, and other forms of institutional abuse, we are dedicated to helping our clients however we can. If you want to meet with us about your own civil rights violation, contact us online or call 312-757-2232 today.