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Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez

'Above All, I Am An Innocent Man'

David Protess | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Serrano says that freedom became an option not long after he was granted a hearing in 2007 on the new evidence of his innocence -- affidavits by the jailhouse snitch and the widow recanting their testimony.

Tables Turned at Wrongful Conviction Hearing

David Protess | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The anticipation was palpable on Monday as Judge Maura Slattery Boyle ascended to the bench. Two prisoners had waited 20 years for this moment: a showdown with the Chicago cop they claimed had framed them, and the jailhouse snitch he had allegedly recruited for the job.

Why Prosecutors Fear Widow's Testimony in Wrongful Conviction Case

David Protess | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Twenty years ago, Vargas thought she knew who murdered her husband, Rodrigo, as he was leaving for work. That's because a detective told her he'd solved the crime.

Wrongful Conviction Hearing a Revelation

David Protess | Posted 07.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Truth be told, slurs are common around the water cooler, reflecting a dehumanizing view of criminal defendants that comes from years of locking them up, one person of color at a time.

Anita Alvarez Slams '60 Minutes' For 'Misleading' Interview

Posted 12.14.2012 | Chicago

After being drubbed in the press for her disastrous "60 Minutes" interview, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is crying foul. The Dec. 9 s...

WATCH: Anita Alvarez's '60 Minutes' Disaster

Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago

It has already been called everything from "political suicide" to "self immolation" to straight-up humiliation. But whatever it was, Cook County St...

State's Attorney: State Gay Marriage Ban Is 'Unconstitutional'

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Barely a week after two groups of Illinois couples filed lawsuits challenging the state's ban on marriage equality, Cook County State's Attorney Anita...

Seeing Signs of Progress in Cook County's Response to Sexual Assault

Rachel Durchslag | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago
Rachel Durchslag

According to Human Rights Watch, the arrest rate for sexual assault in Illinois is only 11 percent. There's good news to report on the law enforcement front.