Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Johnnie Lee Savory v. William Cannon, Sr.
Case No.: 17-3543
Officials: ROVNER, HAMILTON, and BARRETT, Circuit Judges
Focus: 14th Amendment Violations
Johnnie Lee Savory spent thirty years in prison for a 1977 double murder that he insists he did not commit. Even after his release from prison, he continued to assert his innocence. Thirty-eight years after his conviction, the governor of Illinois pardoned Savory. Nearly two years after the pardon, Savory filed a civil rights suit against the City of Peoria ("City") and a number of Peoria police officers alleging that they framed him. The district court dismissed the suit as untimely. We reverse and remand...