From the May 5, 2011 Chicago Reader
William Crawford, a retired Tribune investigative reporter. Crawford tells me he heard about the case, asked Sotos if he could look through the files, and wound up spending three months compiling a hundred-page narrative he calls “Chimera.” He’s e-mailed it to everyone in Chicago he thinks might possibly care—particularly journalists and Medill faculty. “Our purpose here,” Crawford begins, is “to set the record straight [and]... Read the full story »
Re-writing a key chapter in Illinois’ death penalty history, Cook County prosecutors Thursday threw out the murder and manslaughter convictions of Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession unraveled one of the state’s most pivotal wrongful convictions, sparking reform and ultimately the end of capital punishment in Illinois.
At a brief hearing, Presiding Judge Paul Biebel granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss Simon’s convictions and ordered him released from... Read the full story »
Some say we have a Plow Horse Economy because economic growth is always slow after a financial crisis. But the real reason is that politicians from both major parties keep throwing more government “solutions” at problems. This started well before President Obama took office.
The Bush Administration, and a spend-friendly Congress, pushed temporary “stimulus” spending in 2001 and then followed Larry Summers’ Keynesian advice in early 2008 and passed tax credits and even more stimulus. President... Read the full story »