Curt Lovelace, a former prosecutor, was wrongfully arrested and prosecuted for murder. He spent almost two years in county jail on $5 million dollars bond. After his first trial ended in a hung jury, Curt spent nine months on home confinement working with his defense team to uncover the truth.
Just days before his second trial, they would discover that the lead detective had lied to prosecutors. The detective admitted under oath that he withheld and destroyed exculpatory evidence. Nevertheless, prosecutors refused to dismiss the case. Instead they offered a plea to wrongful misconduct, a Class 4 Felony, and time served. Curt refused this offer because he would not admit to a crime he did not commit and doing so would have barred him from ever practicing law again. He risked life in prison and put his faith in the truth, his defense team and twelve jurors. On March 10, 2017, after two hours of deliberation, a jury found Curt Lovelace not guilty.
Lawyers often take personal freedom and the privilege to practice law for granted. Curt Lovelace survived 651 days of jail and overcame a wrongful prosecution in order to practice law again. He is dedicated to assisting others in their pursuit of truth and justice in our criminal justice system.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||10/05/2021|
|Creating a Crime: How Far a Rookie Detective and a Police Department Were Willing to Go to Convict an Innocent Man||2017|
|University of Illinois College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Illinois||BS - Bachelor of Science||1991|
|WHY LAWYERS MATTER: Anatomy of the Lovelace Murder Trial and Developments in Federal Criminal Law and Procedure||Proving Innocence: A Client's Perspective||2017|
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