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PLO Finds Media Stooge Outside Chicago

Chicago Media is reeling from the recent civil lawsuit against Northwestern University by lawyers representing Alstory Simon, who is demanding $40 million for his wrongful conviction at the hands of former Northwestern Professor David Protess and his sidekick private investigator Paul Ciolino. 

The release of Simon from prison undermines the biggest wrongful conviction case in the state's history and paints a sinister picture of the wrongful conviction movement. Looming over the Porter case is a question no journalist or editor in Chicago has had the guts to ask: How many other wrongful convictions are frauds as well.

Turns out out a lot of them are, but you won't get any of the journalists who participated in these frauds to point it out. Rather, they have just gone silent, hoping the whole thing will go away and trying to concoct explanations for their malfeasance. 

Steven Mills, Eric Zorn, Mike Miner, John Conroy, Maurice Possley? 

Silent. 

One thing you will also not see is any other wrongful conviction law firm step forward and condemn Northwestern's role in the Simon wrongful conviction. The reason is that all these law firms and academics have been working together to free convicted killers and rapists for more than 30 years. 

With the local media silenced, what are the likes of the People's Law Office, which has supported one terrorist group after another, to do? Well, they reach out to media outside of Chicago.

Ignoring the vast evidence that many wrongful conviction cases in Chicago are trumped up, the PLO found a bumbling ideologue by the name of Spencer Ackerman at the Guardian, who was willing to paint the picture of Homan Square police facility as a medieval dungeon. 

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

The article spent some time discussing the NATO bombers, claiming it was an outrage that they were charged with terrorism statutes for building fire bombs. Those charges failed in court, but they were convicted of making incendiary devices. Exactly what did they plan to do with those devices?

And their attorneys? The People's Law Office, who represented the FALN bombers, Black Panthers and were close associates of terrorist bombers from the Weather Underground. 

It would be comical if so much were not at stake. 

 

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