Posts tagged "Northwestern University"

Northwestern University's 'Innocence Project' railroads an innocent man

At least that’s the conclusion that can be reached after Cook County Presiding Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel, at the request of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, ordered Alstory Simon released from prison. It’s a complicated story, but what’s clear is that a huge miscarriage of justice was committed by the Northwestern University’s Innocence Project, journalism... Read more »

Another 'wrongful conviction' case implodes

There have been more than a dozen cases here of someone being convicted and but then a key witnesses against the defendant recanted. What’s going on? Here’s a case study that demonstrates that it might not be as simple as all that. Were the witnesses intimidated and threatened by gang lords to recant their testimony?... Read more »

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... Read more »
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Did Northwestern University 'wrongful conviction' center railroad an innocent man?

That’s a question that increasingly deserves more attention in the wake of yet another Chicago Sun-Times story disclosing a memo calling the entire mess the result of politics. That follows a Sun-Times story last week that provides more evidence that an innocent man was sent to prison for a murder that increasingly appears to have... Read more »

An homage to Chicago's greatest writer

That would be Joe Epstein, who recently retired from teaching at Northwestern University. The praise comes from Pat Hickey, one of Chicago’s most authentic writers. Epstein and I grew up in the same West Rogers Park (Nortown)  neighborhood a few blocks from each other but never met. He, I’m told, went to Boone, the public school... Read more »

Illinois rings some GONs and goes deeper in debt

It is amazing that while Illinois is approaching financial disintegration, politicians are devising ever-new ways to borrow and spend. Thus: GONs. GONs (government-owned networks) furnish high-speed Internet connections to schools, offices, research labs, coffee shops, hotels, libraries, homes and so forth in competition with existing, private sector providers like AT&T and Comcast. GONs depend on... Read more »
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The other side of '60 Minutes' canonization of NU's Innocence Project

CBS News’ 60 Minutes, despite a history of serious investigative reporting (including its participation years ago with the Chicago Sun-Times in the splendid Mirage investigation), also has been known to get things wrong or to show a bias. (See Briebart, Washington Examiner, The Blaze for some recent accusations.) And so it went last Sunday, in its segment that called... Read more »

Eat our nuclear waste

Here is potentially good news for the Chicago area, which has more than its share of nuclear waste materials “temporarily” stored at power plants throughout the region. It’s the development of a new chemical material that figurative eats nuclear waste, like a Venus fly trap will eat any insect unfortunate enough to land on it.... Read more »

NU prez can't face his children

Can’t face his children Thoughts I didn’t finish reading:* I’ve lived in this country all of my life and the environmental degradation that my generation has witnessed and implicitly approved sometimes makes me embarrassed to face my three children.” — Morton Schapiro, Northwestern University president at his inauguration Friday. (Tribune story is here.) Perhaps Morton... Read more »
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