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Ghost of Mike Royko Haunts the People’s Law Office

Chicago Daily Observer 27 May 2015 One Comment

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Unable to win in court, Taylor began playing the media, a common strategy in wrongful conviction cases. He relentlessly pushed the claims against Burge and his men, setting up marches, speaking out in the media and forming allies with media and political elites. Soon he got other inmates to make the same claims about Burge and his men.


In particular, Taylor formed an intimate connection with a cadre of journalists—Steve Mills, Mike Miner, John Conroy, Eric Zorn, and Mary Mitchell, among others—wholly willing to push wrongful conviction claims, particularly those claiming police coercion, without checking the simplest facts. A sign of this is that many wrongful conviction cases, like the Anthony Porter exoneration of 1999, have since imploded under renewed legal and journalist scrutiny. These reviews revealed that these journalists never bothered to investigate the cases at all. They merely echoed whatever wrongful conviction attorneys like Taylor were telling them.

It was this complicity among the journalists that gave Taylor his greatest influence. In some instances, it seems as if some of these journalists were actually conspiring with Taylor.

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