Chicago Prosecutor's Office Leaks Old, Unsubstantiated, Discredited Internal Memo To Smear Innocence Project Founder

from the chicago-politics? dept

Last year, we wrote about the rather troubling situation in Chicago, involving prosecutors who were given information from the famed Medill Innocence Project (which consist of journalism students who examine potential wrongful conviction cases) indicating a wrongful conviction. Rather than use the new evidence, the prosecutors began a campaign against the Innocence Project subpoenaing a ton of information that has no bearing on the case whatsoever, but seem designed to intimidate the journalism students. On top of this, the prosecutors have leaked claims that the students paid witnesses, which appears to be a misreading of a situation where cab fare was paid for by the students, and there was a bit of money left over.

But at every turn it looks like the prosecutor's office is out to smear, rather than to investigate. The latest, coming via Romenesko, is that the prosecutor's office released a decades old internal memo that smears the founder of the Innocence Project with claims that are either totally unsubstantiated or entirely discredited. The memo was given to at least two news organizations and has absolutely nothing to do with the case at hand. A spokesperson for the prosectors' office claimed that the document was distributed, "in the interest of trying to get the whole picture out there," which is really quite stunning. Again, the document has nothing to do with the case at hand and is either unsubstantiated or totally discredited. It's hard to see that as anything other than the Cook County State's Attorney's Office trying to smear the guy in charge of the Innocence Project. It certainly doesn't seem like an operation seeking truth.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:12pm

    someones got something to hide and im thinkin it involves money. in times like this you need to follow the rich white man!

     

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    jjmsan (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:19pm

    States Attorney's Offices

    States Attorney's don't like to be proven wrong. If she is convinced the presented evidence is wrong why not send some of her people to verify it?

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:23pm

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    When does it not involve money?

     

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    Jaqenn, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:30pm

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    It (sometimes) does not involve money when it involves lazy or stupid.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:36pm

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    Yeah... but when do lazy/stupid people ever work smear campaigns?
    ; P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 1:49pm

    A Matter of Honor

    Since Illinois doesn't have a statutory dueling prohibition it's a matter of honor. Challenge the prosecutor to a duel if they don't retract their foul lies.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 2:13pm

    If you can't beat 'em, get building. Straw men don't make themselves!

     

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    John R. Carlisle, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 2:26pm

    John R. Carlisle

    That is really sad. Such a good history of helping people and righting wrongs of the past. John R. Carlisle

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 2:34pm

    Jeebus

    Well obviously they're trying to uphold the good name of Chicago...*snort*

    Sorry, where was I?

     

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    John Duncan Yoyo (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 2:35pm

    Re: A Matter of Honor

    My choice of weapon in this sort of duel is Hummers at 500 yards.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Jeebus

    "Sorry, where was I?"

    No, no, you were spot on...when you snorted....which is what most of those involved in law enforcement and government here do.....bWawwwahhh, preTTy WhiTe Liinnneesss!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 3:08pm

    When conviction rates and ones record are more important than the truth . . . .

     

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    vilain (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 4:32pm

    Re: IStates Attorney's Offices

    I'd love to have everyone on the IL AG's entire staff past and present submit to a rigorous financial audit crawling so far up their GI tracts that you can see daylight. It's only fair. If they're going to "get the whole picture out there", it should go both ways. A little corruption, graft, and duplicity is good for the soul.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Jan 8th, 2010 @ 5:11pm

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    naturally, when there's money to be made/lost.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 5:41pm

    Justice - hahaha

    It's not about incarcerating the correct person, it is about looking good for the least amount of money. I doubt they lose much sleep knowing the plea bargins are BS and the innocent go to jail.

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 5:41pm

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    "When does it not involve money?"


    When it involves sex (that would otherwise cost money) or when it involves power (which puts you in a position to make money)


    CBMHB

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 8th, 2010 @ 11:51pm

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    Racist jackass.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2010 @ 7:18am

    This is Illinois, the same state that had a crook get into the senate. I wouldn't be surprised if the State Attorney General was doing this as a favor for for-profit jails.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2010 @ 8:15am

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    "This is Illinois, the state that had a crook get into the senate"

    just like the other 49 ...

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Jan 11th, 2010 @ 2:39pm

    What I will never understand is why law enforcement isn't interested in projects such as this, at the very least because if the person in jail is innocent, then THE GUILTY PARTY IS AT LARGE. This happens even in cop-killer cases like the one in Iowa. It's the main thing that makes me doubt the motivations of these prosecutors.

    Prosecutorial misconduct in a capital case should be a capital crime.

     

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