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Original content produced by The Medill Justice Project.

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Lawyers for Tonia Miller, a Michigan mother convicted of killing her daughter in 2001, have filed a motion for a new trial, asserting the child wasn’t a victim of shaken-baby syndrome but of an illness.

In its court filing, the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School argued the 11-week-old infant, Alicia Duff, died of pneumonia. Prosecutors had accused Miller of violently shaking her child.Read the full story here.

The Death Belt

On the Precipice

A Man Many Believe is Innocent Sits on Death Row, and Questions Persist

Second in a series

Kevin Cooper, a convicted burglar who escaped from the minimum-security section of a prison, was convicted of the 1983 murders of a family and their 11-year-old Read the full story here.

Pennsylvania Prisoner Hires Private Investigator

Steven Slutzker, a Pittsburgh man convicted of a 1975 murder, has hired a private investigator to follow up on information uncovered by The Medill Justice Project during its probe of the case last year.

Private investigator James Ramsey, a retired Pittsburgh police officer who has examined other potentially wrongful convictions, said he is reaching out to people whom MJP interviewed as part of his own investigation.Read the full story here.

Alibi and Faith

The Medill Justice Project premieres documentary examining a 17-year-old St. Louis murder case in which a key eyewitness recants

MJP also tracks down four witnesses who corroborate the accused’s alibi

By Allisha Azlan, Rishika Dugyala, Rachel Fobar, Rachel Frazin, Madeleine Greene, AnnMarie Hilton, Hayley Miller, Kimberly Rhum, Read the full story here.

The Death Belt

A killing comes home

The sister of a murder victim struggles to find meaning at the epicenter of the fight over the death penalty in the United States

First in a series

When Bethany Webb lost her sister in a 2011 mass shooting, she experienced a Read the full story here.

Blanket of Nothingness

A veteran with PTSD seeks solace in her faith

First in a series: The New Dumping Grounds

By Allisha Azlan and Abhinanda Datta
The Medill Justice Project

Mental illness is an epidemic in U.S. prisons, especially for women. That’s the widespread conclusion of human rights groups across Read the full story here.

DNA Tests in Wisconsin Murder Raise Questions Amid Alleged Evidence Tampering

In the Ken Hudson case, experts are puzzled by tests finding no human DNA in the red substance on his left foot. Is it animal blood? A judge has granted more testing.

Ken Hudson sits in the back of a police car after his Read the full story here.

Oklahoma Prisoner Files Request for Post-Conviction Relief

Rodney Fisher, sentenced to life after purse snatchings and prison escape, has obtained new lawyers after Medill Justice Project investigation

Found guilty in a spate of purse snatchings and a prison escape, Rodney Fisher has obtained new lawyers who have filed a petition challenging Read the full story here.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

A split-second decision ends in a deadly encounter in the Chicago suburbs

No one accuses Ysole Krol of firing the weapon. But did she hand the gun to her boyfriend? And if she did, is that worth a 35-year prison sentence?

Ysole Krol and Sergio Read the full story here.

Del Prete Sues Police, Medical Expert

Jennifer Del Prete, center, holds a press conference to announce she filed a civil suit against the villages of Romeoville and Plainfield, Romeoville police and a medical expert, alleging they suppressed and fabricated evidence which led to her wrongful imprisonment. Her murder conviction Read the full story here.