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Man pardoned by Gov. Holcomb sues over conviction

Posted at 6:12 AM, Nov 07, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Chicago man pardoned after spending nearly a decade in prison for a robbery he didn't commit is suing a northern Indiana city, its police chief and three officers, alleging they fabricated evidence against him.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in South Bend by 50-year-old Keith Cooper accuses Elkhart and the other defendants of violating his constitutional rights, including his right to a fair trial. He's seeking unspecified damages.

Cooper was pardoned Feb. 9 by Gov. Eric Holcomb shortly after the Republican succeeded Mike Pence, who declined to pardon him while campaigning for vice president despite the recommendations of the prosecutor and the parole board.

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Cooper was convicted of a 1996 armed robbery during which a teenager was shot. He was released in 2006 after a co-defendant's conviction was overturned.

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