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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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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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The Occasional Feminist?

Northwestern Letter Poses Tough Questions for Invisible Institute, Alison Flowers…

A letter sent by eight former Northwestern University students and two would-be employees to the school’s Medill School of Journalism claiming  “sexual harassment and assault” by a professor there got the media attention it was clearly aiming for.

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Prosecutors Ignoring Evidence of Misconduct In Wrongful Conviction Claims?

But in doing so, prosecutors like Sussman may be walking into a legal land mine of their own. Sussman may be ignoring seminal evidence against Guevara’s accusers as he allows the claims against Guevara to proceed. By law, prosecutors must reveal evidence that may be exculpatory against any defendant, called the Brady Rule:

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"Fake News" Media Coverage of Police In Chicago?

Don’t journalists at the Tribune have an ethical and professional obligation to investigate the suspicious reporting of one of their own reporters before they cite his questionable conclusions in their own reporting? Isn’t this the very least the Tribune should do, given their almost weekly articles claiming a “code of silence” among the police?

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Storm Clouds Gather Over Wrongful Conviction Narrative

Chicago Media Silent As Key Case Implodes...

A federal magistrate ruled today that depositions can begin in a lawsuit that claims a key wrongful conviction case that ended the death penalty in Illinois is a fraud.

Saying that the case puts the “entire society” on trial, Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman ruled that depositions can begin from potentially dozens of witnesses, including former students from Northwestern University’s Innocence Project at the Medill School of Journalism, who worked on the landmark exoneration of Anthony Porter in 1999 under the tutelage of former Professor David Protess.

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