They Weren't Lying, Were They?
A lawyer abruptly withdrew Friday from representing a Northwestern University journalism professor in a court battle with Cook County prosecutors.
Richard O'Brien, a partner with the law firm of Sidley Austin, didn't say why he was stepping down as counsel for David Protess but told the judge he had been incorrect when he previously said all the promised documents had been turned over to the state's attorney's office.
"Upon further investigation, I've determined that is not completely accurate," O'Brien, who had been hired by the university, told Circuit Judge Diane Cannon.
- Prosecutors found the evidence unconvincing. But when McKinney's attorneys sought to overturn his conviction in 2008, the state's attorney sparked a controversy by subpoenaing the students' grades as well as their notes, memos and recordings of witness interviews.
From there, it's just a tiny leap to wonder if the documentation that didn't get turned over might be something along the lines of manufactured evidence? What other reason could there be for withholding documents a judge has ordered to be turned over? It isn't illogical to guess it's something so damaging that the defendants are better off trying to avoid it even seeing the light of day because it would end up tainting any cases, past, present or future, that the "Wrongful Conviction" people might be working on.
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