In Justice Perverted, author William B. Crawford describes “how the Innocence Project at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism sent an innocent man to prison.”
He will make that case on Thursday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center at 400 S State St. in Chicago.
This is the case that the wrongful conviction activists don’t want to talk about. From Crawford’s telling the journalism students, led by David Protess, framed an innocent man for murder in pursuit of their campaign to free the man who allegedly did the killing.
Here’s how Crawford describes the injustice:
In 1983, Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard were killed, and Anthony Porter went to prison. In
1999, Porter was exonerated, and Alstory Simon was convicted of the Washington Park homicides.
But that’s not the end of the story. In 2015, Simon himself was exonerated. This is the true story of how and why Alstory Simon replaced Anthony Porter in prison.
Crawford is a former reporter, writer and legal affairs columnist for the Chicago Tribune. During a 23-year career at the newspaper, he was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize as well as many other major awards for his work. Justice Perverted: How the Innocence Project at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Sent an Innocent Man to Prison is Crawford’s second book. His first was a thriller novel, Rent Asunder.
The library cautions that seating in the Video Theater is first come, first served (63 max.). Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.
Simon, since freed, has filed a $40 million lawsuit alleging that Protess and private investigator Paul Ciolino manufactured bogus evidence, coaxed false statements from witnesses, intimidated Simon into confessing and set him up with a lawyer. Last week, federal judge Robert Dow rejected a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.”
Be sure to watch this interview with Crawford:
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