- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has refused to formally declare a Chicago man innocent of the 1984 killing of two rival gang members even though the former death row inmate was acquitted in a retrial.

Nathson Fields’ original conviction was thrown out because the judge had accepted a bribe. Fields was acquitted in a retrial. He was released in 2003 after nearly 20 years behind bars, including more than 11 on death row.

But Cook County Judge Paul Biebel Jr. on Tuesday denied him a certificate of innocence, saying Fields’ credibility was in doubt.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1icnC0h ) that in a 50-page decision, Biebel wrote that Fields had an “apparent predilection to fabricate legal claims” and has perjured himself.

Fields said he was “disappointed” but will continue to fight.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://www.suntimes.com/index

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