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Medill Innocence Project

Exonerated Death Row Inmate Back In Jail For Stealing Deodorant

Posted 08.02.2012 | Chicago

A man who served 17 years in prison for two murders he didn't commit has been sentenced to a year back in jail for retail theft. On Tuesday, Anthon...

Willful Ignorance In Texas Execution?

Radley Balko | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

A week from today, Texas death row inmate Henry "Hank" Skinner is scheduled to be executed for the 1995 murders of Twila Busby and her two adult sons....

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.

Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Released After 21 Years In Prison

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man convicted in 1988 of killing a gang member and sentenced to 80 years in prison was released Tuesday after the purported crime's only eye...

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...

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.

Is the Supreme Court Going "Soft on Crime"?

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

The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Hank Skinner that he has the right to pursue DNA testing under federal civil rights laws. This case was a no-brainer to begin with, why did it go all the way to the Supreme Court?

Is It Time to Execute the Death Penalty?

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

The arguments for and against have raged for years, but the discussion is relevant now more than ever because Governor Pat Quinn has it within his power to end the death penalty in Illinois.

Medill Innocence Project Accused Of Bad Ethics

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A project designed to expose and fix the errors of the justice system stands accused of committing a few errors itself. Prosecutors allege that the M...

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 ...

A Riddle: Who Saves Lives But Is Not a Doctor?

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

It is difficult for any of us to imagine what it must be like to be convicted, though innocent, and possibly face the death penalty, and then learn there are college kids eager to help in the battle.

Texas and Gov. Perry Apparently Indifferent to the Execution of a Possibly Innocent Man

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

The State of Texas has taken the phrase: "Better that 100 (or 10) men go free than one innocent person be convicted" and turned it on its head.

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.

Medill Innocence Project Battle Intensifies: Anita Alvarez, Cook County DA, Presses Case

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In their own ways, they have risen to stardom on a stage built from misery, two battlers who grapple with questions of life-and-death justice: Anita A...

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...