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A Tale Of Two Cities

In the backdrop of the Alstory Simon lawsuit, Madigan and Emanuel are transformed. Both of them presided over their public offices during the unfolding of the Porter scandal and several others, both remained silent about the corruption in the movement and allowed the City of Chicago to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, settlements the FOP has argued they should not have made.

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Attorneys For Accused Detectives Attack Police Misconduct Claim In Vicious Rape Case

Attorneys for two “Burge” era detectives and the City of Chicago told a federal judge Friday that they would file a motion for summary judgment to dismiss a civil lawsuit by a man who claims he was wrongfully convicted of raping and burning a woman.

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Jackie Wilson Attorney And Retracted Witness Statements...

So, what else is new? Wrongful conviction attorneys like Slosar are not newcomers to the game of drudging up recantations from witnesses whose original testimony years before was key in prosecutors winning convictions of defendants like Wilson. Indeed, the city has paid out nearly a half billion dollars in settlements that have arisen over the past decade at least in part due to wrongful conviction lawsuits brought by attorneys like Loevy & Loevy, many based on retracted witness statements.

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Bonfire Of The Progressives

Zorn’s conduct in this case, and his writing about it, aches for a serious investigation, a deeper look. His employer, the Chicago Tribune, owes that to the reading public, owes it to the family members of the couple slain in 1982 by Porter. But Zorn is protected from such inquiry. For all their chatter about a code of silence in the Chicago Police Department, a far more pervasive and dangerous code of silence exists in the Chicago media.

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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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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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