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Attorney Hints At False Witness Recantation In Guevara Trial

Attorney James Sotos, one of several attorneys representing detectives accused of framing Jacques Rivera of a 1988 gang slaying, pointed out during cross examination Thursday that prosecutors still fought Rivera’s innocence claim even after the central witness in the case retracted his statements nearly two decades after fingering Rivera for the murder.

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Lawyers To Detectives: Take The Fifth

“It would therefore be tantamount to malpractice, in my opinion, to expose a client to lawsuits and perjury if you do not obtain a comfort level from the State as to who exactly they are looking at for prosecution.  This is a very difficult conversation for an attorney to have with an honest Detective, but until we get back to prosecuting the real criminals, it is a conversation that must be had."

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With Settlement, Tribune Narrative Officially Implodes...

For Chicago’s journalists like Jason Meisner, it was absolutely crucial not to label Alstory Simon a wrongfully convicted man in their stories on Friday, even though the journalists were announcing Simon had won a groundbreaking settlement from Northwestern University based on the claim that investigators at the school framed him for a double murder he did not commit.

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Meisner Meltdown?

But for a Chicago journalist, particularly from the Chicago Tribune, it’s not such a welcome task, because digging into these ever-expanding narratives also unburies one of the worst scandals in the history of Illinois journalism: the release of a multitude of convicted killers and rapists on claims of wrongful conviction that may very well have been false, engineered in part because the reporters and columnists who covered them didn’t do any real homework.

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Solidarity Forever...

For one, Tribune writers have steadily attacked the rights of police officers as established through their collective bargaining rights. These attacks took perverse form in the coverage of the fatal police shooting by Robert Rialmo in 2015, when the city’s civilian oversight agency, mired in its own allegations of misconduct, ruled that the fatal shooting of a bat-wielding assailant was unjustified.

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Time For Eric Zorn To Take The Stand?

By now it is a lot more than a small group of men who have a clear understanding of the devastation wrought upon the criminal justice system and its servants in the travesty of the Porter case. The reason is that Alvarez released Simon from prison in 2014. In doing so, she assailed the conduct of Protess and Ciolino. Later, Simon’s lawyers filed a $40 million lawsuit against Ciolino, Protess, and Northwestern University.

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Federal Officials Tired Of Being Out Foxxed?

In response, the Fraternal Order of Police has reached out to federal officials to keep them apprised of the case and take actions to prevent the men from remaining in the country. A few weeks ago, FOP President Kevin Graham traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with President Trump and a group of federal officials to discuss the issue of sanctuary cities.

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Grimm, Sun Times Soft Peddle Immigration Fight In Controversial Exoneration

When the chips are down, the wrongful conviction industry can always rely on Andy Grimm and the Sun-Times.

This time the Sun-Times reporter goes to bat for a consortium of wrongful conviction law firms/schools that have worked hard to get two convicted killers declared “wrongfully convicted” and out of prison, even as the prosecutors who released them said they believed the men were guilty.

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A Christmas Prayer...

This much: If there is one certainty in Chicago right now, one absolute truth, it is that there will be no further investigation into the Nicole Harris case by the local media whatsoever. Nothing. Reporters like Jason Meisner, Megan Crepeau, Dan Hinkel, Andy Grimm, Tim Novak, or anyone else in Chicago media will not get to the bottom of whether Nicole Harris strangled to death her own son, Jaquari Dancy.

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Exquisite Corruption

So powerful is this mob of party media hacks—reporters and columnists like Steve Mills, Eric Zorn, Andy Grimm, Dan Hinkel, Megen Crepeau, Carol Marin, and on and on—that the few good journalists remaining in Chicago are afraid to confront their fellow journalists’ false party narratives, lest they should end up on the same firing line as the Chicago Police Department.

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