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Anita Alvarez

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.

He Fought the Law -- And the Law Lost

David Protess | Posted 05.06.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

in 2009, Chris Drew set out to break a municipal ordinance to make a point: Chicago was unfairly restricting the sale of artwork. He would end up challenging a different law -- one that threatened to land him behind bars for 15 years.

Judge: Illinois Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional

Posted 03.02.2012 | Chicago

While protesting a law than banned Chicago artists from selling their work on the street, artist Christopher Drew decided to try an act of civil disob...

"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.

Lawsuit: Cop Assaulted, Discriminated Against Man Over Video

Posted 02.17.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago and three of its police officers over an August 2011 incident where police ...

State's Attorney Forms New Team To Handle Wrongful Conviction Cases

Posted 02.03.2012 | Chicago

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Stanley Wrice, an Illinois inmate who claims that officers beat him with a flashlight and rubber ho...

Building Owner Faces Contempt Charges After Firefighters' Deaths

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Charges were filed Wednesday against the owner of a vacant building that collapsed one year ago and killed two Chicago firefighters. Chuck Dai, of ...

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.

Sexual Assaults Reported On Chicago-Area Campuses Rarely Lead To Convictions

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A new analysis of how allegations of sexual assault are prosecuted at Chicago area colleges and universities shows that only a handful of convictions ...

When Juveniles Confess to Murders They Didn't Commit

David Protess | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

False confessions happen all the time. They are particularly common in cases involving juveniles. What is distinctive about the Englewood Four case, and deeply troubling, is that State's Attorney Alvarez will not acknowledge the mistake.

Man, Convicted Of Killing Cop, Receives Maximum Prison Sentence

Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man has been found guilty and sentenced Friday to 125 years in prison in the 2009 murder of police officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez. Shaw...

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.

Corrections Officer Charged In 1997 Rape Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County sheriff's correctional officer has been charged with sexual assault of his 10-year-old step daughter based on DNA results from a rape ki...

Prosecutor: Man Partied After Fatally Shooting Cop

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

A man who allegedly killed a plainclothes Chicago Police Officer in the early morning hours of a summer's day in 2009 was reportedly drinking tequila ...

Judge: Allowing Citizens To Record Police In Public Violates Cops' Privacy

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

On Tuesday, a judge indicated that the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge of the harsh Illinois eavesdropping law banning the audio recording ...

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...

Undercover Investigation Breaks Open Massive Sex Trafficking Ring

Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago

Eight men and one woman were charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and human trafficking Wednesday following an 18-month undercover inv...

Woman Who Recorded Cop Harassment Acquitted, Jurors Call Trial A 'Waste Of Time'

Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago

A woman who secretly recorded a conversation with two Chicago Police investigators while filing a sexual harassment complaint last August was acquitte...

Is The State's Attorney's Office Dragging Its Feet On Cop-Killing Case?

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

While a "very promising" lead has developed in the ongoing investigation into last year's killing of Chicago Police Officer Michael Bailey, no charges...

Radley Balko

Woman Could Get 15 Years for Recording Cops After One Of Them Allegedly Assaulted Her | Radley Balko | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

When Chicago police answered a domestic disturbance call at the home of Tiawanda Moore and her boyfriend in July 2010, the officers separated the coup...

UNSTOPPABLE: Oglesby Files For Unemployment

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A top aide to Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was arrested in October for directing county contracts to her businesses and those of her frien...

How a Woman Wins the Race to Replace Mayor Daley

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

As I've mulled over the prospect, I've concluded that there's just no reason to think that a woman can't replace Mayor Daley. A woman could. Here is my take on how it could happen.

Duo Arrested, Accused Of Prostituting 15-Year-Old Mentally Disabled Girl

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two people were arrested this weekend after allegedly prostituting a 15-year-old mentally disabled girl on the West Side. Around midnight on Frida...

Four Cook County Officials Busted In Corruption Sting

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A group of suburban public servants were arrested Tuesday in a corruption probe looking allegations they profited from their positions. ...

Cops Getting Caught On Camera Increases Scrutiny

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Minutes after a suburban Chicago police officer was charged with striking a motorist with his baton, prosecutors handed out copies of ...