$36 M settlement in wrongful conviction case

March 12, 2012 2:00:17 PM PDT
A man who spent 9 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit could soon receive $36 million from the city of Chicago.

Robert Wilson confessed to a 1997 attack on a woman at a South Side bus stop. He says the confession was coerced because he was beat up, threatened and denied food and blood pressure medication.

Wilson's lawyers say the abuse lasted more than 30 hours.

A city council committee agreed to the settlement Monday. It now must be approved by the full council.