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T.J. Jimenez

Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez was arrested for murder when he was 13. He spent 16 years behind bars until a judge ruled that he’d been wrongfully convicted. He was freed and awarded $25 million in compensation for his lost years. Then, T.J. became a self-appointed leader of a street gang.

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Chicago’s jailhouse strip club — and feds say they can’t shut it down

THE WATCHDOGS: For years, women have put on strip shows atop a downtown parking garage for inmates at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center.

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After decades in solitary confinement, Brian Nelson got out, became an advocate for prisoners

Featured in the 2019 podcast ‘Motive,’ he was found dead Monday in his office at the Uptown People’s Law Center, where he worked for a decade and answered thousands of inmates’ letters.

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Thaddeus ‘T.J.’ Jimenez, subject of ‘Motive’ podcast, loses bid to drop charges in viral video shooting

He’d asked Illinois’ appeals court to toss the charges in the caught-on-video attack because he already was convicted of a federal gun charge stemming from the same shooting.

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‘T.J.’ Jimenez, ‘Motive’ podcast figure freed after wrongful conviction, wants feds to take custody of him

The Chicago gang leader was featured in the serial podcast last fall from the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ Chicago.

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Thaddeus ‘T.J.’ Jimenez, ‘Motive’ podcast figure who got millions for wrongful conviction, charged in jail fight

The Chicago gang figure was featured in the serial podcast last fall from the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ Chicago.

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‘Motive’ Episode 10: Mother’s Day

As we conclude this story, we find some answers about what motivates T.J. Jimenez — from T.J. himself.

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‘Motive’ Episode 9: Batman

With millions of dollars in his pocket, T.J. invested in his old gang — and started a war on Chicago’s West Side.

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‘Motive’ Episode 8: T.J. v. The City of Chicago

T.J. and his attorney file a wrongful-conviction lawsuit against the City of Chicago, but how will living through the details of the trial affect T.J.?

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‘Motive’ Episode 7: Inmate K51114

At the age of 17, TJ walked into Stateville prison and had to grow up fast. Though he was later exonerated in 2009, his prison scars never quite healed.

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‘Motive’ Episode 6: Mousey is dead

T.J. spent 16 years in prison, going from a boy of 13 to a 30-year-old man. What impact did prison have on him? The latest episode of "Motive" looks at the worst of what prison can do to you. Brian Nelson, a former leader of T.J.’s gang, explains.

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‘Motive’ Episode 5: The Fairytale Ending

On May 1, 2009, T.J. became a free man. He won his $25-million lawsuit against the city, found a girlfriend and had two kids. But trouble seemed to find T.J. wherever he went.

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‘Motive’ Episode 2: Violated into the PeeWees

T.J. Jimenez’s mother Victoria says she did her best to keep her son out of gangs. In this episode of ‘Motive,’ we learn about what he was like as a kid.

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‘Motive’ podcast: Who’s who

These are the key players in the Sun-Times/WBEZ podcast ‘Motive.’

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How millionaire’s gang fantasy ‘blew up the West Side’

T.J. Jimenez won $25 million from the city of Chicago for wrongful conviction — then blew it on a deadly gang war that "blew up the West Side."

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Even $25 million can’t keep wrongfully convicted Chicago man out of trouble

Even the $25 million Thaddeus 'T.J.' Jimenez won from City Hall can’t keep wrongfully convicted Chicago man out of trouble.

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Multimillionaire Chicago gang leader gets more than 9 years in prison

Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez received 110 months for shooting the man twice in August 2015 from his Mercedes convertible.

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Dart aide to testify for a law to withhold bond in gun cases

If Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has his way, prosecutors would have the option of asking judges to deny bond for people charged with gun crimes.

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Decade in prison urged for millionaire-turned-criminal Thaddeus ‘T.J.’ Jimenez

Jimenez was in prison for 16 years after he was convicted in the fatal shooting of a man in 1993. He was freed after his conviction was overturned.

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Gang member loses $6M of wrongful-conviction windfall to shooting victim

Earl Casteel sued Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez for shooting him in 2015 on Chicago's Northwest Side. A judge awarded Casteel $6.3 million.

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Man lured gang recruits with up to $50,000, cars, guns: prosecutors

Thaddeus "TJ" Jimenez, who won $25 million in a wrongful-conviction lawsuit, sometimes lured gang recruits with up to $50,000, guns and cars.

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Feds say video shows multimillionaire gang leader shooting man

Thaddeus "TJ" Jimenez, once awarded $25 million by a jury for an overturned murder conviction, was driving around in his Mercedes convertible with

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Change of plea hearing set in gun case of $25M verdict winner

Thaddeus "TJ" Jimenez faces Cook County charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and illegal gun possession in a shooting on Aug. 17, 2015.

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Gang leader won $25 million, now says he has no assets

Chicago’s alleged $25 million gang leader claims he’s gone broke.

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Winner of $25 million verdict charged in shooting

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Man wins $25 million for wrongful conviction in 1993 slaying

A federal jury Tuesday awarded $25 million to a suburban man who sued the city of Chicago after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. "Sometimes the criminal justice system makes a mistake," said Jon Loevy, one of the attorneys for plaintiff Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez. "In this case, we proved that's exactly what happened."