Sunday, June 19, 2011

The latest in the Protess case

The legal and academic drama continues surrounding David Protess, former director of the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University. The work of Protess and his journalism students was instrumental in several exonerations in Illinois, including several death penalty cases. These exonerations, in turn, helped motivate then-Illinois Governor George Ryan to empty that state's death row in 2003. Whereas Protess's accusers claim they are defending the integrity of the academy and legal system, the now-retired journalism professor insists he is the victim of a politically-motivated witch hunt.