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Retired Chicago cop calls Fifth more than 200 times during the wrongful conviction case

Former Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara, leave a Chicago court, July 29, 2013.

(Associated Press)

A retired Chicago police detective invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 200 times during testimony Tuesday in a wrongful conviction case, reports said.

Reynaldo Guevara, 75, and other officials to be approached by a man who has more than 20 years behind bars before acquitted of murder charges in 2012.

The plaintiff, Jacques Rivera, 52, could be awarded tens of millions of dollars if his lawsuit is successful, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The city has already paid out more than $670 million in police misconduct cases in the past 15 years.

The city of Chicago has already paid more than $670 million in police misconduct cases in the past 15 years.

Guevara has long refused to answer questions under oath about the matter, the newspaper. During Tuesday’s testimony, he answered questions about his name, age and children. But when questions turned to the substance of the case, Guevara started to give the same answer, the Sun-Times reported.

A high-profile retired Chicago police detective took the Fifth more than 200 times on a federal witness stand Tuesday, @SeidelContent reports. https://t.co/MblMWTi7so

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“On the advice of my attorney, I respectfully decline to answer the questions on the ground that I am compelled to be a witness against myself,” Guevara said about 30 times, before eventually changing his response to “Same answer,” the report said.

According to Rivera’s lawsuit, Guevara forced a 12-year-old boy, the only witness in the case-in the identification of Rivera as the shooter. That witness, Orlando Lopez, recanted his testimony years later, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Including Rivera, 18 prisoners have their convictions thrown out over allegations of misconduct by Guevara, with eight other federal lawsuits are pending, according to the authorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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