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Wrongfully Convicted Pt. 2: Aaron Patterson On His First Year After Being Released From Death Row in Illinois

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We bring you the second part of our conversation with Aaron Patterson, who spent 17 years on death row for a crime he did not commit and is now running for Illinois State House.

Today we bring you the second part of our conversation with Aaron Patterson, who spent 17 years on death row for a crime he did not commit is running for Illinois State House. Aaron Patterson was one of four men pardoned this past January as part of Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s clearing of death row in his final days in office.

Patterson was convicted of killing an elderly Chicago couple in 1986. He spent 17 years on death row mostly in a 6-by-9-foot cell despite repeated claims of innocence and accusations that police tortured him to confess to the murder. He is now 39 years old and will run in the Democratic primary in March against a representative from Chicago’s southwest side, Patricia Bailey.

But it is uncertain whether Patterson will remain on the ballot. He has lived in the 6th House District for only six months after being released in January and state law requires two years of residency to hold the office.

  • Aaron Patterson, spent 17 years on Death Row in Illinois after he was wrongly convicted in a 1986 murder of an elderly couple. He was released earlier this year. On Monday he announced plans to run for a seat in the Illinois State House.

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