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Gov. grants clemency linked to wrongful conviction

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Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 126 clemency petitions including one connected to a wrongful conviction case where five men were imprisoned for at least a decade.

The men known as the “Dixmoor 5” were teenagers when arrested in the 1991 murder of a 14-year-old Dixmoor girl. They spent years in prison before DNA evidence cleared them. All were later released.

The clemency petition is for a court-related violation for Robert Taylor. Prisoner Review Board documents show Taylor didn’t show for a trial day. That resulted in a bail bond conviction.

Quinn’s Wednesday action means Taylor can seek expungement of that conviction.

Taylor has mixed feelings. He says the felony was always a setback and it’s a good thing for him and his young son but he was still wrongfully imprisoned.

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