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News archives

Original content produced by The Medill Justice Project.

Judge Vacates Andre Gonzales’ Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Ruling comes after a key eyewitness found by MJP testified that convicted killer didn’t commit the crime

Andre Gonzales is serving a life sentence for a murder he said he didn’t commit, was ordered a new trial after a judge vacated his conviction thanks Read the full story here.

The Los Angeles Times Publishes The Medill Justice Project’s Investigation on a California Death Row Inmate

Kevin Cooper, who has been on death row for decades, is pushing for new DNA tests. Read the full story here.

The Death Belt

Bulletproof Faith

The condemned seek solace from their death row companion, a chaplain

Third in a series

Father George Williams, the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison, wears a bulletproof vest as he celebrates mass for death row inmates. (Photo courtesy: San Quentin State Prison)

By Read the full story here.

Two Years Later: A House Reunited

Kate Parker moves on after being set free, with her family by her side

Kate Parker, 48, with her son, Joshua, 12, at her home in Grants Pass, Ore. In 2014, Parker was accused by prosecutors of manipulating doctors and others to provide harmful Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

In an interview with The Medill Justice Project at Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill., Ariel Gomez explains how he fired his gun once into the air, not into the crowd. (The Medill Justice Project)

By Allisha Azlan and Rachel Fobar
The Medill Justice Read the full story here.

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.