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Killer Cut Secret Deal To Defend Chicago Cops, Defense Attorney Alleges

Earl Hawkins is a convicted killer whose lawyer once bribed a judge to try to beat a double murder case. State and federal prosecutors vowed that he wouldn’t get out of prison until he was in his 70s.

12/19/2014

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Jury Awards $80,000 To Former Death Row Inmate

A former Illinois death row inmate said his jury award of $80,000 is a travesty, after he was wrongly sent to prison for 18 years.

05/02/2014

Ricardo Harris (Booking Photo)

Convicted Killer, Former Death Row Inmate Dies In Prison

Ricardo Harris walked into an Oak Lawn liquor store on May 13, 1999 and shot four people with a handgun, killing two employees and wounding two sisters, leaving them for dead.

03/25/2014

Anthony Porter walks out of the Cook County Jail  on Feb. 5, 1999, after more than 16 years on death row.  A group of Northwestern University journalism students developed information that led to a Wisconsin man confessing on videotape to the 1982 double-murder for which Porter was imprisoned. (Photo credit: JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Devine: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row Inmate

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.

10/23/2013

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Police Union Wants Alvarez To Review Landmark 1982 Double Murder Conviction

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.

10/08/2013

Eric Caine

Aldermen Approve $10M Settlement For Burge Case

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday agreed to pay $10 million to compensate a man imprisoned 25 years for a double murder he did not commit.

07/25/2013

Bill Pelke, right, holds a picture of his late grandmother, Ruth. (CBS)

28 Years Later, Man Supports Second Chance For His Grandmother’s Killer

Paula Cooper, 15, was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of a Gary, Ind. woman. She’s about to be released, with the blessing of the victim’s grandson. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

05/17/2013

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Powerful Play Opens At NU’s Louis Theater Next Week

“The Exonerated” follows the stories of six people who were sentenced to death row and eventually absolved and set free.

04/13/2013

David Protess

Northwestern Professor Known For Death-Row Reversals Will Retire

David Protess, the Northwestern University journalism professor who is credited with helping free wrongfully convicted prison inmates, will be resigning from the university.

06/13/2011

David Protess

Report: NU Cancels Journalism Professor’s Class

David Protess and his students at Northwestern University have helped free innocent men from Illinois prisons. But now, it seems that the professor and the university are at odds.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011

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Ban Wouldn’t Affect Current Death Row Inmates

More than a dozen inmates on Illinois’ death row would still be eligible to be put to death, even if Gov. Pat Quinn signs into law a repeal of the death penalty.

CBS Chicago–01/13/2011

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Measure To Abolish Death Penalty Advances In Springfield

An Illinois House committee has endorsed a proposal to abolish the death penalty.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Photo of A State Death Chamber. (AP Photo)

Death Penalty Opponents ‘Within Striking Distance’ Of Permanent Ban

Opponents of capital punishment say now is the time, and are preparing to lobby lawmakers in Springfield to turn Illinois’ 10-year moratorium on executions into a permanent ban.

WBBM Newsradio–11/12/2010