November 10, 2009

MORE ON THAT CASE WHERE COOK COUNTY PROSECUTORS ARE HARASSING NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM STUDENTS:

A Cook County judge is expected to hear arguments Tuesday in the case of a Northwestern University professor and journalism students who are being asked by prosecutors to turn over grades, emails and other notes from their investigation of a 1978 murder.

The students spent three years investigating the case of a man convicted in the 1978 killing of a security guard, and they believe they have evidence that shows prosecutors put the wrong man behind bars.

Cook County prosecutors have outraged the university and the journalism community by issuing subpoenas to professor David Protess seeking his students’ grades, his syllabus and their private e-mails. Prosecutors claim that, since the team was made up of students, they may have been under pressure to prove the case to get a good grade.

Wall Street Journal last week.

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