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Stanley Wrice Wrongful Conviction

Prosecutors Won't Retry Wrongfully Convicted Man's Rape Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit smiled and hugge...

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.

Did Political Clout Subvert Justice in Wrongful Conviction Case?

David Protess | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

After spending most of his 59 years behind bars for a crime he almost certainly did not commit, Stanley Wrice could finally taste freedom. Everything was going his way -- or so it seemed.

After Three Decades Behind Bars, Police Torture Victim Wins Day in Court

David Protess | Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

When the criminal justice system gets you in its grip, it does not let go easily. The screws can tighten harder for the innocent, as law enforcement loathes admitting its mistakes. Take the case of Stanley Wrice.

Victims of Injustice Grateful at Thanksgiving

David Protess | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

As Thanksgiving approached, I caught up with five of the subjects of my stories in the last year and asked them the same question: What, if anything, are you grateful for? Here is what they said, accompanied by snapshots of their ordeals.

What Does Stuart Nudelman Have Against Police Torture Victims?

David Protess | Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

When I last wrote about Stanley Wrice, he was hoping to walk his daughter Gail down the aisle. Hope does not come easily to a man serving a 100-year sentence for a gang rape back in 1982, but Wrice had seized the momentum in his fight for exoneration.

Will the Father of the Bride Be Freed in Time for the Wedding?

David Protess | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Gail Scott, Stanley Wrice's daughter, wants to know why her father isn't already home, enjoying life in the free world. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system, while breathtakingly quick to lock up suspects, is agonizingly slow to rectify its mistakes.

Are White Cops Racist?

David Protess | Posted 09.02.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

It's a troubling question.I hadn't thought a lot about it because the answer seemed obvious. Sure, some white cops are racist, but most are not. But perhaps the question "Are White Cops Racist?" has nuanced answers.

Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance

David Protess | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The justices flatly rejected prosecutors' arguments that Stanley Wrice's conviction should stand even if he had been tortured by two of Jon Burge's cops. The language was a ringing victory for all police torture victims.

Court Ruling Has Big Implications For Police Torture Victims

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An Illinois Supreme Court ruling that gave one inmate new hope for freedom Thursday also could revive appeals by more than a dozen oth...

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

David Protess | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

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?

Another Tortured Confession? Court To Hear Inmate's Case

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Supreme Court justices challenged prosecutors Thursday about the strength of their evidence in the rape conviction ...