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Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists

For more than a decade, classes of students at Northwestern University’s journalism school have been scrutinizing the work of prosecutors and the police. The investigations into old crimes, as part of the Medill Innocence Project, have helped lead to the release of 11 inmates, the project’s director says, and an Illinois governor once cited those wrongful convictions as he announced he was commuting the sentences of everyone on death row.

But as the Medill Innocence Project is raising concerns about another case, that of a man convicted in a murder 31 years ago, a hearing has been scheduled next month in Cook County Circuit Court on an unusual request: Local prosecutors have subpoenaed the grades, grading criteria, class syllabus, expense reports and e-mail messages of the journalism students themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is intimidation, pure and simple.

This is an attempt at vindictive payback for the fact that 11 inmates were cleared by the work of this university team, demonstrating the glaringly sloppy work on the part of the prosecution staff which got these people convicted in the first place.

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