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Notes on Alstory Simon Lawsuit

As expected, lawyers for Alstory Simon, the man framed for a 1982 double murder that allowed Northwestern  University to exonerate Anthony Porter, filed a $40 million lawsuit against the school, along with ringleaders David Protess anf Paul Ciolino. The media, particularly the Tribune, is pretending the allegations in the lawsuit are something new, but the paper merely ignored them for more than a decade, because the Trib long ago abandoned its ethics and became cheerleaders for the movement. So here are some ongoing observations:

--Tribune reporter Steve Mills, the architect of the Northwestern narrative that is now imploding, did not write the article announcing the lawsuit. That's strange. Mills is usually the point man on any wrongful conviction story. Suddenly, he disappears. Mills dodged the evidence for years that Northwesern was running a criminal conspiracy. Now that the truth comes out, he's pretty quiet. The fact that Mills is not the subject of an internal investigation by the paper speaks volumes about their role in the coverup. 

--Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has proven herself a career politician. Alvarez had a unprecedented opportunity to bring justice into the wrongful conviction movement by admitting that Alstory Simon was innocent of the murders and Anthony Porter, who was released by her predecessor, Dick Devine, was guilty. Instead, Alvarez stated her office was not sure who committed the murders. Isn't it her job to figure it out? Alvarez has betrayed the police department in particular, who have faced many false allegations by the likes of the Innocence Project and their cohorts. Alvarez cannot be trusted. A federal investigation should be initiated against the Innocence Project and it should include a review of both Alvarez's conduct and Devine's.

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