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6/13/2018 11:04:00 AM
Detective takes 5th 200 times in trial

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is refusing to answer questions about his investigation that led to the murder conviction of a man who was exonerated after spending more than 20 years behind bars.

On Tuesday during the trial of a wrongful conviction lawsuit in federal court, Reynaldo Guevara invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 200 times.

Jacques Rivera alleges in his lawsuit of Guevara and other officers that Guevara framed him by coercing a witness into falsely identifying him as the gunman in a 1998 fatal shooting.

Rivera is one of 18 men whose convictions have been tossed out of court amid allegations that Guevara coerced witnesses, beat suspects and falsified police reports. 

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