Wrongful Conviction Investigator Protess Defends Himself


For the last two years, David Protess, a renowned journalist and former Northwestern University professor who spent three decades fighting to prove the innocence of others, has been locked in a battle to do the same for himself–a battle that has not gone so well, says the New York Times.

For Protess, who now runs the Chicago Innocence Project, it has been a breathtaking reversal. He says he being pilloried for lapses in memory and a desire to defend his students. “I have spent three decades exposing wrongful conviction only to find myself in the cross hairs of others who are wrongfully accusing me,” he says. Protess said Northwestern journalism dean John Lavine “was undermining the Innocence Project at every turn.” Lavine counters that he had no choice but to remove Protess: “What I saw warranted the decision that I made.”

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