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Wrongful Convictions

"The Pope of Humboldt Park" Case Tests State's Attorney's New Direction

David Protess | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

A troubling case provides a test of Ms. Alvarez's commitment to right wrongful convictions. It turns on an issue that cuts to the core of the criminal justice system: The procurement of false testimony by a jailhouse snitch.

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.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Awarded $25 Million In Damages

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

In what is believed to be one of the most substantial verdicts in the city's history, a federal jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million in damages to a ma...

Comic Strip Censored for Honest Depiction of Race in Police Line-Ups

David Protess | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

We can't pretend that cross-racial misidentification isn't a problem in criminal cases. False witness testimony is the greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide. Mostly, the mistaken witness was white and the suspect was black.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released After 2 Decades Behind Bars

Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago

A man convicted three times of and sentenced to a life prison sentence in the 1992 stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl was released Friday after aut...

Alleged Victim Sues City, Burge Over Police Torture, Wrongful Convict

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

An alleged victim of torture at the hands of former Chicago police head Jon Burge filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against both the city and Burge over...

Stocking Stuffers: The Best Movies About Miscarriages of Justice

David Protess | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Hollywood relishes tales of villains, victims and heroes, so it is not surprising that movies about miscarriages of justice have long been a staple of the film industry.

A Prosecutor's True Calling

David Protess | Posted 02.11.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Wrongful convictions occur because prosecutors forget that their mandate "in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done," as the United States Supreme Court has decided.

The Murder of Innocence

David Protess | Posted 02.05.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Exonerations can be bittersweet for family members of murder victims.

Post-Conviction DNA Testing in Massachusetts

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Nationwide, DNA tests have helped exonerate 280 innocent men and women. Since the first DNA exoneration 22 years ago in 1989, 49 states have passed laws granting inmates the right to test DNA evidence.

Chicago Ought to Change the Standard Ending to That Old Wrongful Conviction Story

Locke Bowman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Behind each wrongful conviction lie broken lives and shattered dreams. Each one represents a serious and substantial failure of law enforcement: the wrong person locked up; the actual perpetrator at large.

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...

Journalists: How You Can Localize the Troy Davis Story

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 11.22.2011 | Media
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Experts say human memory is malleable and that eyewitnesses' recollections should be treated with the delicacy of any other crime scene evidence. That doesn't always happen. Here, a resource guide for covering misidentifications and wrongful convictions in your jurisdiction.

WATCH: Chicagoans Rally In Support Of Troy Davis

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court also turned down Davis's request for a stay of execution. Davis was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night and wa...

Illinois Death Penalty Officially Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

It's been more than a decade since former Illinois Governor George Ryan imposed a moratorium on executions and cleared death row, fearing that an impe...

Matt Sledge

Compensation Proves Elusive For Men Wrongfully Accused In Park Rape Case | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- When police in New York are accused of misconduct, the city usually likes to settle quickly and quietly. New York City dished out $117 mil...

Chicago Police Miss the Message about the Cost of Wrongful Convictions

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Mayor-elect Emanuel has made a point of vowing to make Chicago a cost efficient city. The role of the Chicago Police Department in wrongful convictions is costing the city tens of millions of dollars.

Why Should a Person Wrongly Convicted Be Required To Sue For Compensation?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Why should a person who has been wrongly convicted, declared innocent, acquitted and exonerated have to prove anything in order to be compensated? Every state should have mandatory compensation in all such cases.

Betty Anne Waters' Conviction Kept Her Going

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Murder is a messy, bloody business -- and so is the matter of holding someone accountable for a crime they did not commit.

Are Cook County's Interrogation Techniques Foolproof? The Reid Technique Examined

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Diana Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit Following his January 14 release from prison, convicted murderer Michael Tillman became th...

Unsung Hero

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Greg Wilhoit is one of the 139 people who, after struggling for years to cling to sanity in the rubbish heap of death row, was proven innocent of the crime, exonerated and set free.

First Lieberman, Now Huckabee?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

We should candidly look at whether Mike Huckabee is getting a raw deal for granting clemency to the man who murdered four Lakewood, Washington cops this Thanksgiving weekend.

Alton Logan Sues City, Burge Over Wrongful Murder Conviction

Chicago Public Radio | Tony Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit is now suing the city....

Huge Gaps In DNA Law As 50,000 Felons Missing From Samples

Chicago Tribune | Megan Twohey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 50,000 felons have been released from Illinois prisons or county probation without submitting DNA samples as required by law, leaving a g...

Another Burge Torture Case Crumbles: 2 Convicted In 1988 Murder To Go Free

Chicago Sun-Times | RUMMANA HUSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Attorney General's Office today dropped charges against two men convicted of five murders two decades ago....