"Madison Hobley was one of 14 African American men sentenced to death based on confessions—alleged or acknowledged—obtained by a group of Chicago police officers later shown to have engaged in systematic torture of suspects in criminal cases.

"Four officers claimed Hobley admitted setting a fire that claimed the lives of his wife, infant son, and five other persons early the morning of January 6, 1987, at an apartment building in the 1100 block of East 82nd Street in Chicago.

"When the fire broke out, Hobley, 26, escaped the flames without shoes and wearing only underwear. He consistently maintained his innocence, alleging that the officers tortured him and—when that failed—fabricated a confession."

Continue reading about Madison Hobley's wrongful conviction at Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions.