“From our Facebook page:
Tracy: I understand...I use to work as a court clerk and I have seen a lot of crazy in my day...I had worked with a Judge who wouldn't hear cases after three in the afternoon in the summertime because it would interfere with his golf date! Lol!”
hp blogger David Protess on Nov 18, 2013 at 14:37:31
“I believe it. Judges rarely ascend to the bench until 10 and when the weather is warm they're usually gone by mid-afternoon. But the REAL problems are the ones many cause in between 10 and 3!
(That said, there are many fine judges on the bench in Cook County.)”
“There is nothing to gain from fabricating any innocence movement nothing! Innocence projects take on work that others wouldn't give a second thought to for example Anita Alvarez. What would become of these men who have been proven innocent and exonerated had it not been for innocence projects? I can tell you they would of been sitting in prison hopeless and forgotten. The vast majority of them are minorities with lack of income to even obtain proper counsel for a fair trial. This documentary is like cook county in many ways with its hidden agenda. When there is adversity it means your pissing off the right people and they fear the difference it will make. I thank the innocence projects for their courage and applaud them!!! They are making a difference.”
hp blogger David Protess on Nov 6, 2013 at 09:56:29
“"When there is adversity it means your pissing off the right people and they fear the difference it will make."
Here is what Bobby Kennedy said about this: "When no one is in your way, you are not going anywhere." Still, sometimes it would be nice if the forces of injustice would simply get out of the way!”
“So glad you wrote this piece. I knew there had to be something behind this. No way the States Attorneys office would do this without something in it for them.”
hp blogger David Protess on Nov 5, 2013 at 12:05:35
“The question for the SAO now is this: Why did you take a case knowing it was all about a TV documentary and realizing there is no basis for Alstory Simon's claims to be heard in a court of law? Our tax dollars at work, right?”
“I'd be more interested in a documentary where the states attorneys office does a 360 and starts working with innocence projects to right the wrongs. Alvarez working with Sotos firm is so predictable. They are like two peas in a pod ultimate goal is corruption driven.”
hp blogger David Protess on Nov 4, 2013 at 14:45:07
“That documentary should be made, but it's focus would have to be on Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, who actually does work with innocence projects to expose and remedy wrongful convictions. In Cook County? I don't see that happening anytime soon. The Cubs will win the World Series first.”
“I don't understand why the tribune would report such a story and miss a huge portion of the facts. It almost seems like someone has a reporter in their pocket so to speak at the trib that puts out this nonsense. It's disappointing.”
“Sotos firm is notorious for representing crooked cops. Now we are suppose to believe he's a martyr and is putting all his efforts to save what he deems an innocent man just because. In Sotos eyes Burge was innocent as well as Guevara. That alone says enough of the work Sotos firm does.”
Maybe somehow crook county will get the message that this is "a perversion of justice" and that judges like this need to be replaced!”
hp blogger David Protess on Oct 30, 2013 at 00:00:52
“Unfortunately, "replacement" of judges is no easy matter. Under the present system, it would require action by the Judicial Inquiry Board, which rarely moves against judges unless they're indicted. The presiding judge could transfer a judge from the criminal courts, but I can't remember the last time that happened. So, the best way to replace them is by voting them out at elections for retention, which unfortunately are only held every six years.
Get the picture. The system is stacked in favor of the status quo. Why? Because judges run the system, which is like the fox guarding the chicken coop.”
There seems to be a lot of people getting away with crap right out in the open and for the most part the public either doesn't notice or doesn't care. Lets hope this case is not forgotten and most of this judge's rulings are reversed. I mean when a widow comes out and changes her testimony that should be big.. she still lost a husband so she has a dog in the hunt to get the right people in prison to pay for her loss and to get those who did her no harm out of prison.”
hp blogger David Protess on Oct 29, 2013 at 20:31:36
“Exactly right. That's why sunshine is the best disinfectant. I will NOT allow this case to be forgotten.
What's paradoxical about the widow's testimony is that prosecutors pushed for it successfully at the original trial when it favored them, and opposed it at the hearing when it favored the prisoners. So much for a steadfast commitment by the state's attorney's office to victim's rights.”
“I think its time to remove people out of office and clean house at the states attorneys office. I would have more respect for a candidate who could at least admit to the wrongs especially since in Anita Alvarez case these were not in her control back in 1994 , but now they are. The fact that she continues to conceal and fight these cases where it is evident that wrongs were committed certainly tells me she is not working for the people. I truly hope come election this year the city of chicago votes for change.”
hp blogger David Protess on Jun 18, 2012 at 00:09:25
“Christopher Cooper, an African American civil rights lawyer, is running for State's Attorney on a platform designed to restore justice to that office.
For more, see http://cooperforcookcounty2012.com/”
“Kudos to this kid for taking a negative situation and turning it into something positive! As parents we teach our kids to not lie or blame others for their mistakes, admit their wrongs and be honest some of the values that are important in making them better human beings along with caring for others. While reading the details on this case the first thing that came to mind was WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE! How in the world can we teach our own kids to trust a system that just dosen't work and is set up on lies and frame ups. How can we feel safe that justice is being served when there are so many that are paying the price for something they didn't do and all the while our system seems to try to sweep them under the rug, keep them in the dark or set the cases up for failure. Its sickening! I applaud this family and hope and pray that they will be celebrating their fathers home coming soon!”
hp blogger David Protess on Jun 16, 2012 at 13:38:40
“What's wrong with these people? Good question. My take: They refuse to admit a mistake. That would call into question the accuracy of the justice system and leave them open to a huge lawsuit. What do you think?”