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Anthony Mckinney

The Final Round in Anthony McKinney's Quest for Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Had a new jury seen this new evidence of Anthony McKinney's innocence, it would have acquitted him. But Anthony never got the chance to prove his innocence in court. After serving 35 years in prison, Anthony died alone in his prison cell on August 27, 2013. He was 53.

How Chicago Killed An Innocent Man

The Nation | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago

As an investigative journalism student, I helped uncover proof that should have cleared Anthony McKinney’s name. Instead, he died in prison....

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

The Death of Innocents

David Protess | Posted 11.02.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

For the first time in 35 years, Anthony McKinney was no longer in the custody of the State. Since 1978, McKinney had been imprisoned at the Dixon Correctional Center despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. But death proved to be his only way out.

Jury Foreman in McKinney Case: "Justice Was Perverted"

David Protess | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

It is a saga of murder and injustice that spans three decades, and even now a surprising new chapter is being written.

Keeping You Posted: Is Texas About to Kill an Innocent Man? Also, the Subpoena That Keeps on Giving

David Protess | Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Even if Perry intervenes simply to prevent Hank Skinner's death from becoming a campaign issue, the most he can do under Texas law at this point is grant a 30-day reprieve.

How F***** Up Is This?

David Protess | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony McKinney and Armando Serrano are serving long prison terms for murder. Both were wrongfully convicted. And Cook Co. prosecutors have turned their fight for freedom into a bizarre sideshow.

Judge: Student Journalists' Emails Must Be Shared

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University must turn over some 500 e-mails that student journalists at the school exchanged with...

Northwestern Speaks Out On Professor's Controversial Leave

Posted 06.07.2011 | College

Northwestern University officials have released a statement explaining the dismissal of renowned journalism professor David Protess, saying he lied to...

When Did Convicting the Guilty Become More Important Than Exonerating the Innocent?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

To foreclose evidence that might prove innocence is not in keeping with the duty of prosecutors. The same vigor that goes into convicting the guilty should be exerted in exonerating the innocent.

Can This Be Happening in America- A Prosecutor Investigating the Motives of Student Journalists Seeking to Free a Man They Believe to be Innocent?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Medill Innocence Project of Northwestern University spent 3 years investigating the conviction of Anthony McKinney who was convicted of murder 31 ...

Prosecutor Defends Going After Northwestern Students' Notes, Class Material

Chicago Tribune | Daarel Burnette II | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez defended subpoenaing Northwestern University journalism students' notes and recordings of witness interview...

Medill's Protess On Subpoena: 'No Circumstances Under Which I Will Reveal My Students Grades'

The Daily Northwestern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In October, the Illinois state's attorney's office sparked controversy when it subpoenaed materials, documents and e-mails regarding the Anthony McKin...

Prosecutors Subpoena Notes, Grade Information Of Northwestern Journalism Students

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After spending three years investigating the conviction of a Harvey man accused of killing a security guard with a shotgun blast in 1978, journalism s...

Cook County Prosecutor Continues to Investigate Students for Trying to Free an Innocent Man

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Cook County prosecutors continue their relentless attempt to discredit the work of the students of the Medill Innocence Project in their efforts to exonerate Anthony McKinney.