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.Read More
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“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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Just what is going on at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a school that has waged a relentless assault on Chicago police, claiming that police have coerced confessions for decades?Read More
An organizing drive among the reporters and editors there has a biting irony to it, since these reporters and editors have been on a clear journalism mission to undermine the collective bargaining agreement for police officers in the city of Chicago.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
If there is one clear truth to the Englewood Four case, it is that the Chicago media will make no serious attempt to get to the truth of it.
That fact emerges in the wake of a bizarre and shocking editorial by the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday.Read More
But here’s the problem. Kalven’s predicament is eerily familiar to other high-profile cases alleging police misconduct in which confidential information was released. Each of these cases bolstered a narrative of police misconduct. Chicago journalists appear palpably nervous about Kalven being called to testify.Read More
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.Read More
“Frustration is the first thing that comes to mind,” said Brittany, who recently became a mother for the first time. “I attended every day of the first trial and it is clear to all that the jury got it right—Masterson was responsible for my father’s death. There were multiple witnesses who testified to that fact. Now, we have a silly appeals decision and we have to live with it and go through a second trial. I have moved on with my life, but I will tell you this—I will be present every day of the second trial of Masterson.”Read More
Is the Chicago media’s transformation from journalism to “media advocacy” going to be tested in the courts? In three key cases, it might be.Read More
The mob action otherwise known as the wrongful conviction movement was on full display in courtroom 706 at 26th and California Tuesday morning, Oct. 17.Read More
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?Read More
Each and every person who signed the amicus brief should be asked to comment on the allegations and evidence of wrongdoing that is coming out in the Wrice case. They have an obligation to make sure that “the body politic is not poisoned.”Read More
The mounting evidence of a wrongful exoneration movement in Chicago compels the city and the media to review all cases for wrongdoing by the wrongful conviction crowd before any settlements are reached.Read More
A Chicago Tribune journalist who for years has specialized in wrongful conviction cases has reportedly left the newspaper in the midst of an emerging scandal surrounding one of the key cases he covered.Read More
Chicago’s activist, anti-police media are keeping a Cook County criminal court judge in their crosshairs.
The latest thinly disguised media attack against Judge Diane Cannon comes in the wake of a criminal case against three Chicago police officers, charged by a special prosecutor. The case was randomly assigned to Cannon’s courtroom.