Anyone got a Spare $40 Million?
We'd say "write the check already" if we were on the jury:
- A new lawsuit condemns Northwestern University and a former star professor central to Illinois’ history of wrongful convictions and exonerations, alleging the university allowed a “culture of lawlessness” and unethical conduct among faculty and journalism students who worked to free inmates.
The suit seeking $40 million in damages was filed Tuesday in federal court on behalf of Alstory Simon, who spent some 15 years in prison after he confessed and pleaded guilty to a double-homicide in Chicago. Simon’s confession led to the release of Anthony Porter, who had been on death row for the 1982 slayings.
The case is one of the most significant in Illinois history, since Porter’s release helped spur then-Gov. George Ryan to halt executions, a step toward the abolition of the death penalty in 2011. But the case was upended in October when Cook County prosecutors agreed to throw out Simon’s conviction, citing questions about the methods used to obtain his confession.
Because it's completely ethical to hire and video tape an actor to portray a witness so you can wear down an innocent man. And it's totally okay to send budding journalism students into prisons with vague promises of licentiousness to inmates who haven't seen a woman in years. And bankrolling dope addicts for testimony - everyone knows that's cool. And don't even question the behavior of Dick Devine, the different Grand Juries, the lies told to judges in order to force this false plea through.