- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - For the third time this year Cook County prosecutors have vacated the conviction of someone a corrupt Chicago police sergeant arrested.

On Wednesday, prosecutors announced their decision to vacate the conviction of Lionel White, who pleaded guilty to a drug charge in 2006 to avoid a potential life sentence if he went to trial. That’s even though White contended former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts framed him.

White is out of prison after 2 ½ years behind bars. Now he can seek a certificate of innocence and payment from the state for his wrongful conviction.

In March, a judge overturned drug convictions of a Chicago couple who Watts’ team arrested in 2005.

Watts was convicted in 2013 of extorting protection payoffs from drug dealers.

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