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updated: 5/1/2014 9:41 PM

Jury awards $80,000 to wrongfully convicted man

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  • Rob Warden, award-winning journalist and executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, answers a question at the end of "From Death Row to Freedom: An Innocent Man's Journey" in 2012 at Aurora University. Nathson "Nate" Fields, right, spoke about his experience on death row fighting a wrongful conviction for a double murder.

       Rob Warden, award-winning journalist and executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, answers a question at the end of "From Death Row to Freedom: An Innocent Man's Journey" in 2012 at Aurora University. Nathson "Nate" Fields, right, spoke about his experience on death row fighting a wrongful conviction for a double murder.
    Harry Hitzeman | Staff Photographer ¬

 
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A federal jury has awarded $80,000 to a Chicago man who spent 18 years behind bars for a double murder before he was retried and acquitted. The award is a fraction of what he was seeking.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the award was announced days after jurors determined a former Chicago police sergeant fabricated evidence against former death row inmate Nathson Fields, or withheld evidence that could exonerate him.

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Fields' attorneys suggested Fields deserved $1 million for every year he was locked up. Fields on Thursday called the award a "travesty' and urged U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon to investigate. A spokesman for Fardon's office declined to comment.

Fields was convicted in 1986 of killing two rival gang members. He was released in 2003 and acquitted in a 2009 retrial.

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