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Entries by David Protess from 11/2011

When a Child Vanishes in the Night

| Posted 11.01.2011 | Chicago

As I've watched the drama unfold surrounding 11-month old Lisa Irwin, who vanished overnight on Oct. 3, my thoughts have turned to an eerily similar case.

Time Is Not on Texas Condemned Man's Side

| Posted 11.03.2011 | Chicago

Governor Perry seems to have his own problems lately. Why add the execution of Hank Skinner, a possibly innocent man, to the list?

What Texas Isn't Telling You About Hank Skinner's Case

| Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

Prosecutors swear up and down that they are acting on principle, that Hank Skinner had his chance for DNA testing and blew it, like a guilty man would.

The Texas D.A.s Who Denied Hank Skinner Justice

| Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

Yesterday, the Texas high court agreed to decide whether a new state DNA law applies to Skinner's case -- or if he should be executed without the tests. So how did we get to this point?

Is Justice at Hand for Victim of Burge Cops -- Or Was He Tortured "Harmlessly"?

| Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Stanley Wrice was wrongfully convicted, and he finds himself at the center of one of the most controversial legal battles of our time. The question that will soon be resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court: Can police torture be legally harmless?

When Juveniles Confess to Murders They Didn't Commit

| Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

False confessions happen all the time. They are particularly common in cases involving juveniles. What is distinctive about the Englewood Four case, and deeply troubling, is that State's Attorney Alvarez will not acknowledge the mistake.

Two Volunteers for Execution, Two Governors Who Would Not Let Them Die

| Posted 11.28.2011 | Chicago

While abolitionists cheered the news that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had declared a moratorium on executions last week, the public reacted with surprise. Oregon has the death penalty?