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After 20 Years In Prison, Charges Dropped In 1992 Double Murder

A man who served two decades behind bars for the murders of two people — despite records showing he was in police custody at the time of the shooting — will soon go free, after prosecutors dropped all charges on Friday.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2013

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Chicago Researchers Set Up National Registry Of Exonerations

Researchers in Chicago have been compiling the numbers and now are out with the first national registry of exonerations.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2012

Holly Staker

FBI Won’t Check DNA Profile In 20-Year-Old Murder Case

The FBI is not going to be checking a DNA profile in a nearly 20-year old Chicago area murder case that reopened last month.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2012

Anita Alvarez

Alvarez Creates New Unit To Probe Questionable Convictions

In what her office is calling a “shift in philosophy,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez plans to form a new unit that will actively review criminal cases involving questionable or wrongful convictions.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Holly Staker

NU Investigators Offer To Help Find Holly Staker’s Killer

The team that secured Juan Rivera’s exoneration in the Holly Staker murder case is now offering to help Waukegan Police find the girl’s real killer after 20 years.

01/10/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee To Discuss High Costs Of Wrongful Convictions

An Illinois Senate committee holds hearings Monday on the high cost of wrongful convictions.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

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Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A Fortune

Wrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011