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UIS to host discussion of the media and innocence cases

November 2, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – “The Media and Innocence Cases,” a presentation by Maurice Possley, investigative reporter with the Chicago Tribune, will be presented from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, in University Hall, room 2024, on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is free and open to the public.

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Possley, who covered the trials of “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, will speak on problems he has encountered within the criminal justice system that he has helped expose through his work. Possley was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and 2001 for his work with other Tribune reporters on prosecutorial misconduct and the death penalty. Their reporting was cited by former Illinois Governor George Ryan as playing a significant role in his decision to empty Death Row in 2003 by commuting all death sentences in the state.

The program will also include comments by Charles Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS, followed by a discussion about investigative reporting and the struggle against wrongful conviction.

The event is sponsored by UIS’ Downstate Illinois Innocence Project and Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, in conjunction with the course Conviction of the Innocent.

Housed within the Institute, the Innocence Project works to provide research and investigative assistance to attorneys representing downstate Illinois inmates convicted of crimes they most likely did not commit and to prevent conviction of innocent persons in the future.

For more information, contact Evan Wilson, graduate assistant in the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, at 206-6356, or Larry Golden, co-director and co-founder of the Innocence Project, at 553-7171, or go to http://cspl.uis.edu/ILAPS/DownstateInnocenceProject/.

 

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