Illinois State Police settle wrongful conviction suit

Nov 30, 2011 Full story: The Times 50

The Illinois State Police agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former death row inmate who spent almost two decades in prison for the 1986 murders of a newlywed couple before a judge released him because of flawed evidence.

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Memories

Mattoon, IL

#1 Dec 24, 2011
October 25, 1995: Without an evidentiary hearing, Judge Komada denies Steidlís petition for post-conviction relief.
Defendant later to be cleared of the murders.

Judge Komada's remarks indicate that
his associations with Muller have rendered him biased against defendant's (Steidl) ineffective-assistance claims. Therefore, we hold that
Judge Komada should be recused from further consideration of this case.

CONCLUSION

For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the circuit court of Edgar County dismissing the defendant's post-conviction petition without an evidentiary hearing is reversed. We remand to the circuit court for an evidentiary hearing in front of a newly substituted judge.

Result: Circuit court judgment reversed;
Defendant later to be cleared of the murders,
after extra time sitting in prison due in part to Komada's Decisions.
Studio B

Mattoon, IL

#2 Dec 24, 2011
Who gets stuck picking up this bill? The taxpayer is who. Everyone needs to read the book "Too Politically Sensitive". We should not have to pay for the misconduct and deception that took place in the investigation of this crime. The man deserves his compensation, just not from us taxpayers. Perhaps the investigators, judges, prosecutor, etc should pick up the tab. It is called restitution along with a hefty prison sentence for misconduct!
eugene

Mattoon, IL

#3 Dec 24, 2011
Studio B wrote:
Who gets stuck picking up this bill? The taxpayer is who. Everyone needs to read the book "Too Politically Sensitive". We should not have to pay for the misconduct and deception that took place in the investigation of this crime. The man deserves his compensation, just not from us taxpayers. Perhaps the investigators, judges, prosecutor, etc should pick up the tab. It is called restitution along with a hefty prison sentence for misconduct!
Mr. Steidl & Mr. Whitlock might hot have been the best guys in Paris at the time of the murders,but what was done to them was CORRUPT and just morally & ethically WRONG.Your right,the taxpayers foot the bill for all the corrupt things that go on all the time and it's time for Justice,instead of just making it "look good" with your number of convictions with plea down deals,dismissed charges,stayed jail time,Nolle Nolle,etc; Some uninformed taxpayers may like helping pay for something that shouldn't have occured in no way shape or form.The book is an excellent read by the way.
theyknowme

Naperville, IL

#4 Dec 24, 2011
The book is bogus. Both Steidl and Whitlock are stronger supects today than ever. That is why Steidl took the token amount and ran. He started at 38 million but took the 2,5 because he and his lawyer knows that once a jury hears the case they will not grant a dime of money. This case will go to trial again. The taxpayers will then find out that a murder suspect just walked off with a pocket full of moolaw. Callahan will shrug it off and make up some more bullshit. The corruptness is him working with the Steidl and Whitlock lawyers to spring these assholes and extort money from the legal system. If a law had been broken then the Feds would have been all over this thing...as far as the allegation of police corruption.
Studio B

Mattoon, IL

#5 Dec 24, 2011
Well let this be said, I am getting sick and tired as a taxpayer of paying these huge settlements out to victims for wrongdoing on the part of public officials. The reason behind these settlements is they can keep all the "documented" details away from the public. Just like the half million dollar settlement paid to Mary Brumleve. You can defend the way they falsely imprisoned Steidl and Whitlock if you want to, but we have to pay Steidl for a reason. Do we have to pay Whitlock next? Millions of dollars for "proper procedure"? ok
u know who i am

Mattoon, IL

#6 Dec 24, 2011
theyknowme wrote:
The book is bogus. Both Steidl and Whitlock are stronger supects today than ever. That is why Steidl took the token amount and ran. He started at 38 million but took the 2,5 because he and his lawyer knows that once a jury hears the case they will not grant a dime of money. This case will go to trial again. The taxpayers will then find out that a murder suspect just walked off with a pocket full of moolaw. Callahan will shrug it off and make up some more bullshit. The corruptness is him working with the Steidl and Whitlock lawyers to spring these assholes and extort money from the legal system. If a law had been broken then the Feds would have been all over this thing...as far as the allegation of police corruption.
No, your wrong!! The FEDS would not of been all over it. There is a Marshall Person that falsified reports for some people to go to federal level, then he also falsified federal reports. Nothing was done to him. not even a slap on his hands.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#7 Dec 25, 2011
Studio B wrote:
Who gets stuck picking up this bill? The taxpayer is who.
That's right, when public officials do wrong in the name of the public, the public has got to pay...that's the punitive or punishment side of lawsuits, they serve to send a message to those liable for damages and others who would commit the same damaging acts, that there's consequences.

That's why I got to laugh when people say, "hire more cops to reduce crime". Not only does crime rates go up with more police on duty, the liability risk to the tax paying public goes up with each and every hired gun they have on the payrolls.
Duct Man

Chicago, IL

#9 Dec 25, 2011
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>That's right, when public officials do wrong in the name of the public, the public has got to pay...that's the punitive or punishment side of lawsuits, they serve to send a message to those liable for damages and others who would commit the same damaging acts, that there's consequences.
That's why I got to laugh when people say, "hire more cops to reduce crime". Not only does crime rates go up with more police on duty, the liability risk to the tax paying public goes up with each and every hired gun they have on the payrolls.
I am a hired gun....go in through thew back door only. One way
what would you say

Terre Haute, IN

#10 Dec 26, 2011
What would you say if mike's book was a lie? And he really isn't a hero but got wrapped up in gossip of paris and did no investigation to back it.
Just Sayin

Mattoon, IL

#11 Dec 26, 2011
I have been on the houseboat Jack Eckerty "sold" to Paul Komada.
justsayinwhat

United States

#12 Dec 26, 2011
rory...u r plum full of shit. a typical paris idiot. u and your brother need to go hold each other and cry some more.
Just Sayin

Mattoon, IL

#14 Dec 28, 2011
Just Sayin wrote:
I have been on the houseboat Jack Eckerty "sold" to Paul Komada.
USS Covergirl? sound close?
DUCT MAN

Terre Haute, IN

#15 Dec 28, 2011
Just Sayin wrote:
<quoted text>
USS Covergirl? sound close?
Was ya naked?
Just Sayin

Mattoon, IL

#16 Dec 28, 2011
maybe
Victim

Southport, NC

#17 Sep 23, 2012
I'm going to sue for over $10 million. That guy guy shammed.
Corruption

United States

#18 Sep 23, 2012
What do u mean? Sue for what?
Corruption

United States

#19 Sep 23, 2012
eugene wrote:
<quoted text> Mr. Steidl & Mr. Whitlock might hot have been the best guys in Paris at the time of the murders,but what was done to them was CORRUPT and just morally & ethically WRONG.Your right,the taxpayers foot the bill for all the corrupt things that go on all the time and it's time for Justice,instead of just making it "look good" with your number of convictions with plea down deals,dismissed charges,stayed jail time,Nolle Nolle,etc; Some uninformed taxpayers may like helping pay for something that shouldn't have occured in no way shape or form.The book is an excellent read by the way.
Has the corruption ended yet?

Who has the power currently?

Was organized crime involved in this cover up?

Does anyone care still?
komada

Mattoon, IL

#20 Sep 24, 2012
Just Sayin wrote:
I have been on the houseboat Jack Eckerty "sold" to Paul Komada.
This is factual...

Komada was forced out by his fellow judges for his lack of ethics. His actions caused an intervention by his fellow judges. He was told to retire or ethics charges would be filed by his fellow judges. The houseboat bribe was just the tip of the iceberg. He was lucky he was given option. He should be in prison for corruption.
Corruption

United States

#22 Sep 24, 2012
Ive heard some rumors about the houseboat bribe..who bribed him? Why? What else did he or others do that was wrong or criminal?

Expose the facts about this corruption.

Thank you for the info.
Corruption

United States

#23 Sep 28, 2012
komada wrote:
<quoted text>
This is factual...
Komada was forced out by his fellow judges for his lack of ethics. His actions caused an intervention by his fellow judges. He was told to retire or ethics charges would be filed by his fellow judges. The houseboat bribe was just the tip of the iceberg. He was lucky he was given option. He should be in prison for corruption.
"Tip of the iceberg"...what else happened?

The more the public knows..the truth, the sooner corruption will end with our public officials.

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