I don't normally read the NY Times but the following article is a must read for every American.
Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists
By MONICA DAVEY
EVANSTON, Ill. — For more than a decade, classes of students at Northwestern University’s journalism school have been scrutinizing the work of prosecutors and the police. The investigations into old crimes, as part of the Medill Innocence Project, have helped lead to the release of 11 inmates, the project’s director says, and an Illinois governor once cited those wrongful convictions as he announced he was commuting the sentences of everyone on death row.*
But as the Medill Innocence Project is raising concerns about another case, that of a man convicted in a murder 31 years ago, a hearing has
been scheduled next month in Cook County Circuit Court on an unusual request: Local prosecutors have subpoenaed the grades, grading criteria, class syllabus, expense reports and e-mail messages of the journalism students themselves.
The prosecutors, it seems, wish to scrutinize the methods of the students this time. The university is fighting the subpoenas.http://tiny.cc/NYTimes762
Why is the prosecutor's office investigating the students? There is no reason to try to impeach the credibility of the students which is what the prosecutors are attempting to do. The students gathered facts and it is for a judge to determine whether the new evidence warrants a new trial. It seems to me that the prosecutor's office is more concerned with its public image rather than the fact that a man may have been wrongly convicted of murder and spent the last 31 years of his life behind bars. Now if you've read my previous posts you know I lean very far to the right and might be confused by my rant. But the fact of the matter is that we cannot have a free society if we don't enforce the law fairly. Mistakes will be made because the justice system is made up of human beings who are fallible but when we make a mistake we need to rectify it quickly and not shoot(although handguns are illegal in Chicago so maybe a piece of railrod tie is more appropriate) the messenger in the back as the Cook County DA is attempting to do.
* Who by the way went to jail himself on corruption charges shortly after he commuted the death sentences.