Cook County State’s Attorney
Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called “NATO 3″ on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.
In another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.
The letter to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the prosecution of Willie Johnson could discourage other people from recanting prior testimony.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.
The Cook County State’s Attorney has been re-evaluating a 1982 murder case to see if the right man is in prison, and WBBM has learned there are developments in the case.
Former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.
Alstory Simon confessed to the murders of two people, but has since said his confession was coerced.
The Chicago police union has asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to examine a milestone double murder case, to see if the right man is behind bars.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has written a scathing letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, saying the state board that looks into police torture allegations has acted illegally.
Last May, James Kluppelberg stood under the sun for the first time a free man in more than two decades. Ten months later, he’s unemployed with little hope. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.
Authorities have captured a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released from the Cook County Jail earlier this week.
Alvarez said there were no Illinois charges pending against convicted murderer Steven Robbins, because a January 1993 arrest warrant for armed violence and cocaine possession had been dismissed in 2007.
Last month, Kenneth Williams received a letter from the state’s attorney’s office demanding he resign because he’s a felon. He was convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has suspended two prosecutors for failing to approve criminal charges against a man who had threatened to set his kids on fire after filling a bathtub with gasoline – then actually set them on fire three months later.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is demanding the president of a south suburban school district step down because of a felony conviction, the Sun-Times is reporting.
There are about 40,000 drunk driving arrests in Illinois each year.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wants a “complete and thorough, top-to-bottom” review of alleged hazing abuses at Maine West High School.
Several hundred people who all shared something in common — the violent loss of a loved one — gathered Saturday at the UIC Forum to share, remember and heal.
A total of $500,000 in federal grant money will allow a program to combat human trafficking to continue in Cook County.