A Chicago man who spent 31 years in prison after he was brutally beaten and forced to confess to a 1982 gang rape by two police officers was awarded $5.2 million in damages by a federal jury on March 3. Stanley Wrice, who said the officers tortured him into giving a false confession, told reporters he finally feels vindicated.
The decision came after an eight-day trial and deliberation of seven hours. Jurors sided with Wrice in two of his three legal claims. Wrice alleged that detectives John Byrne and Peter Dignan violated his constitutional rights when they beat him in the basement of the Area 2 police headquarters,