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Innocent Man Railroaded by “Innocence Project” is Freed

Chicago Tribune 30 October 2014 No Comment


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 prison. A few hours later, the 64-year-old Simon walked out of the Jacksonville Correctional Center in central Illinois into a cold, steady rain.


“I’m not angry at the system,” Simon said before getting into a black Mercedes sport utility vehicle with a documentary filmmaker who was going to drive him to Chicago. “I’m angry at the people that did what they did to me.”

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image Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Crawford did the work to get an innocent man released

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