Did Northwestern University's Innocence Project railroad an innocent man?

Freeing people who have been wrongfully convicted is a great public service, but what happens when a guilty man is set free and an innocent man, in his place, is sentenced to 37 years in prison for the double homicide.

Such might be the case  in the exoneration of Anthony Porter and the wrongful conviction of Alstory Simon, according to Martin Preib, an award-winning Chicago writer and author of Crooked City.  He details his evidence of how a Northwestern University journalism professor, his students and others might have committed this  injustice here.

He concludes:

To review: A criminal trial convicted Porter. His appeals failed. The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously upheld Porter’s conviction. Members of the State’s Attorneys office under Devine argued against exonerating Porter and convicting Simon. The 1999 Grand Jury hearings exonerated Simon and pointed to Porter as the killer. City attorneys issued a memo saying Porter should have been retried for the murders. Attorney Walter Jones had come to see that Porter was guilty and successfully argued this theory in court.

Could this be a massive injustice committed by people who are committed to righting injustices? You need to read the whole thing.

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