Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome

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The Medill Justice Project examines a largely opaque criminal-justice issue.



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Federal Innocence Hearing Reopened After Medill Justice Project Uncovers New Evidence

Federal Innocence Hearing Reopened After Medill Justice Project Uncovers New Evidence


Rare decision in Chicago-area day care worker’s shaken-baby syndrome murder case


By Alison Flowers
The Medill Justice Project
Published: April 24, 2013

Jennifer Del Prete was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005. (Department of Corrections)

In a rare move, a federal judge in Chicago is reopening a hearing to examine an imprisoned day care worker’s claim that she is innocent of murder, in light of new evidence recently uncovered by The Medill Justice Project.


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Chicago-Area Day Care Owner Seeks Clemency from Governor

Chicago-Area Day Care Owner Seeks Clemency from Governor


Prisoner’s attorney cites Medill Justice Project revelatory findings



By Alison Flowers
The Medill Justice Project
Published: April 25, 2013

Pamela Jacobazzi was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 1999. (Department of Corrections)

A Chicago-area day care owner who says she is wrongfully imprisoned for an infant’s death has filed a clemency petition with the governor, citing medical experts and revelatory findings from a recent Medill Justice Project investigation that raises questions about her conviction.

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Wisconsin Innocence Project Takes on Day Care Provider’s Case to Challenge Conviction

Action follows Medill Justice Project investigation with Wisconsin State Journal By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: July 3, 2014

 

Attorneys from the Wisconsin Innocence Project said today they plan to file a post-conviction petition to challenge the murder conviction of Jennifer Hancock, a day care provider in the Madison area of Wisconsin …

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Medill Justice Project Files Brief in Appeal for Medical Records

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: June 11, 2014

 

Attorneys representing The Medill Justice Project have filed a brief in its appeal of a Wisconsin judge’s ruling denying access to medical records connected to the project’s investigation of a shaken-baby syndrome murder case.

In the appeal, The Medill Justice Project said …

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Day 1: Key witness changes his view about 2007 infant-death case

Day 2: Experts offer multiple explanations for infant’s death Medill Justice Project and the Wisconsin State Journal joint investigation of a shaken-baby syndrome case published as a two-part series. Read the stories here and here. Published: Sunday, May 18, and Monday, May 19, 2014

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Ripple Effects

Judge’s ruling in Del Prete case is already having an impact on shaken-baby syndrome in the legal arena By Manini Gupta and Megan Thielking The Medill Justice Project Published: May 8, 2014

 

From the 21st floor of the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago, U. S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly …

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Del Prete Makes First Public Appearance After Being Released from Prison

The just-freed day care worker agrees to conditions for her release By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: May 1, 2014

 

Just one day after her release, Jennifer Del Prete spoke about her future outside of prison walls and the faith that carried her through nearly a decade of being locked up for …

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MJP Students React: Reflections on the Del Prete Investigation

By Manini Gupta The Medill Justice Project Published: May 1, 2014

 

In the spring of 2012 and the winter of 2013, for more than six months, Northwestern University undergraduate students at The Medill Justice Project investigated the case of Jennifer Del Prete, a Chicago-area day care worker convicted of first-degree murder in the 2002 …

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Open Doors: Exclusive Video of Del Prete Emerging from Prison

By Amanda Westrich The Medill Justice Project Published: May, 1 2014

 

LINCOLN, Ill.–In a moment cheered by inmates and prison officials, Jennifer Del Prete walked out of Logan Correctional Center a free woman after serving nearly a decade for a crime she said she didn’t commit. Released on bond, Del Prete holds on tight …

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Photo Essay: First Moments of Freedom

By Annabel Edwards The Medill Justice Project Published: May, 1 2014

 

LINCOLN, Ill.–In an emotional reunion nearly a decade in the making, Jennifer Del Prete was released from prison and embraced by her family, including her daughter Tia, her sister Summer Neal and brother-in-law Aaron Neal, just outside of Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, …

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BREAKING NEWS: JENNIFER DEL PRETE IS RELEASED FROM PRISON

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Del Prete Released from Prison

A prisoner no longer, Del Prete reunites with her family on the other side By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: April 30, 2014

 

LINCOLN, Ill.–At 4:29 p.m. on a sun-dappled Wednesday, Jennifer Del Prete walked through the metal prison doors into the embrace of her daughter in a moment that has been …

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Brief: Del Prete Hearing Rescheduled

By Staff The Medill Justice Project Published: April 29, 2014

 

A status hearing in Jennifer Del Prete’s case has been rescheduled for May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Chicago.

The hearing had been set for tomorrow.

Yesterday, prosecutors and defense lawyers submitted an agreed proposal on the conditions for Del Prete’s release on …

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Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Agree on Conditions of Del Prete’s Release

By Amanda Westrich The Medill Justice Project Published: April 28, 2014

 

Prosecutors and lawyers for Jennifer Del Prete agreed today on conditions for her release on bond, paving the way for her imminent release from prison after serving nearly a decade for a murder she said she didn’t commit.

While they have submitted an …

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From Prison to Release: A Timeline

By McKenzie Maxson and Megan McDowell The Medill Justice Project Published: April 24, 2014

 

In a rare decision, a federal judge recently ordered the release of Jennifer Del Prete on bond. After serving nearly a decade for a murder she said she didn’t commit, Del Prete is set to walk out of Logan Correctional …

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Coming Home: A Daughter Reflects on Her Mother’s Release from Prison

By Annabel Edwards The Medill Justice Project Published: April 23, 2014

 

In an interview at a River Forest, Ill., restaurant, Tia Del Prete talks about how she just learned her mother, Jennifer Del Prete, is about to be released on bond after serving more than nine years of a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder. …

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Even Amid Joy, There Is Unease

Del Prete’s release from prison evokes mixed emotions By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: April 23, 2014

 

Shocked. Excited. Overjoyed. Elated. Hopeful. Relieved. Angry. Nervous. Such were the emotions racing through the family and friends of Jennifer Del Prete as they learned she is about to come home after nearly a decade …

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When the Call Came: A Day of Hope for Del Prete

In a prison interview, Del Prete expresses shock, gratitude about her release By Megan Thielking The Medill Justice Project Published: April 22, 2014

 

When Jennifer Del Prete found out she would be released from prison 11 years early, her mind zigged and zagged with thoughts about what her freedom means: the chance to attend …

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DEL PRETE TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON

“Rare” Decision by Federal Judge in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case Investigated by The Medill Justice Project Bond Will Be Set in Coming Days By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: April 21, 2014

 

A federal judge in Chicago today ordered Jennifer Del Prete be released from prison, granting the former day care worker …

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Illinois Attorney General Takes No Position on Del Prete’s Release from Prison

Prosecutors argue that imprisoned day care worker must await state proceedings before federal court weighs in By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 27, 2014

 

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office today argued that prisoner Jennifer Del Prete must await the outcome of state legal proceedings before pursuing her federal petition. But in …

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Medill Justice Project to Appeal Denial of Access to Medical Records

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 27, 2014

 

Attorneys representing The Medill Justice Project have filed notice to appeal a Wisconsin judge’s ruling denying access to medical records connected to the project’s investigation of a shaken-baby syndrome murder case.

Since January, Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project, in partnership with the …

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Judge Denies Access to Infant’s Medical Records

Documents ruled confidential in shaken-baby syndrome case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 11, 2014

 

MADISON, Wis.—A Dane County circuit court judge denied Monday The Medill Justice Project’s request to access a deceased infant’s medical records in a Madison-area shaken-baby syndrome case, ruling the documents are confidential.

Since January, The Medill …

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Prosecutors Request Time to Respond to Del Prete’s Claim that Evidence was Withheld

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Feb. 20, 2014

 

An Illinois Assistant Attorney General appeared in federal court in Chicago today requesting time to respond to Jennifer Del Prete’s claim that prosecutors withheld key evidence that points to her innocence.

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Assistant Attorney General Garson Fisher, who represents …

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