Unequal Justice

Our system of unequal justice was on further display last week in St. Louis, where police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was accused of chasing Mr. Smith for three miles, shooting him without provocation, and then planting a gun in Mr. Smith’s car. A recording device inside… Read More

Wrongfully Imprisoned Suburban Day Care Worker Sues Those Who Fixed Murder Case Against Her

Jennifer Del Prete wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade thanks to junk “science,” suppression of evidence to convict her in phony daycare abuse scare ROMEOVILLE, IL – A woman who was the victim of a sensationalist scare about alleged predatory daycare workers a decade ago is suing Romeoville police and “experts” who fabricated scientific findings… Read More

White Supremacists Uncloaked

Many of us watch in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and racists come out of the woodwork to march. Why is our country not better than this? We inherit many original sins from our founders, but why do KKK members now find it safe to stop hiding their faces in hoods? Why are the racists now… Read More

The Victims of the Patriot Act

Since its establishment in 2001, civil rights groups have been up in arms about the Patriot Act.  Though its aim is to bolster efforts to investigate terrorism, its broad reach and ambiguous language led many to worry that warrantless wiretaps and detention without charge could be used and abused by the American government. While others… Read More

Prison Gerrymandering – Prisoner Population Counts and Their Effect on Democracy

The practice of gerrymandering—the manipulation of electoral district borders to the benefit of one political party over its rival—has been a feature of American democracy for centuries. Gerrymandering has had a profound effect on the political landscape nationwide at both the state and federal levels, tipping the scales in favor of those who draw electoral… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More

Unsealed FBI Document Exposes Collusion Between Prosecutors and Detectives in Obtaining False Confessions

Recently unsealed by a federal judge, a shocking interview between an FBI investigator and a Cook County State’s Attorney reveals systemic collusion between CPD detectives and prosecutors in order to manipulate witnesses and suspects into falsely confessing to crimes. This practice has led to untold numbers of wrongful convictions, including those of the notorious ‘Englewood Four.’… Read More

The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More