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Despite wrongful murder conviction, judge rejects man’s bail plea after coke bust

Earlier this year, a jury awarded Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez a $25 million award for a wrongful murder conviction that put him in prison for 16 years.

But that victory was of no help as he sought relief from his latest stint behind bars.

Jimenez, currently on probation for a drug conviction, was ordered held without bail last month when he was arrested for cocaine possession.

On Tuesday, the 33-year-old had asked Cook County Judge Rosemary Grant Higgins to consider lowering bail for violating conditions of his probation.

But the judge kept him held in Cook County Jail without bond.

Police found 1.9 grams of cocaine in Jimenez’s car during a traffic stop in the 5200 block of North on May 3, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Just a month before, Jimenez was sentenced to two years probation for a 2010 drug conviction. Since then, he has failed two court-ordered drug tests, Conklin said.

In 2009, Jimenez was cleared of the 1993 gang-related murder of 19-year-old Eric Morro after spending 16 years in prison for the slaying.

Jimenez, who was arrested for the crime at the age of 13, was then described by his lawyers as the youngest person in U.S. history to be wrongly convicted and exonerated.



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