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Tuesday, October 30, 2018


After learning about the Anthony Porter Case, We, the comrades of Unit 1012, NEVER and DO NOT support any wrongful conviction, we want the guilty to be punished. However, we know that the ACLU Demons, uses the word, ‘innocent convicted’ not because they fear convicting the innocent, but they just oppose convicting the guilty.

            On this date, October 30, 2014, Alstory Simon was freed from Prison after spending nearly 15 years behind bar after being framed by the Innocence Project. We encourage the public to never believe in those Anti-Death Penalty Activists (Pro Murderers and murder victims haters) send by Satan anymore, as they enjoy LYING AND LYING SO MUCH

We will declare October 30 to be Innocence Fraud Day where we will expose cases of people who were all along guilty but had been fooled by the DISHONEST Innocence Activists:

Free: Alstory Simon confessed to a double murder in 1999, mainly because of an investigation from a team of students at Northwestern University. He was released from Jacksonville Correctional Facility last week

Settlement reached in wrongful conviction lawsuit against Northwestern and former professor
June 1, 2018

A federal lawsuit against Northwestern University and former star professor David Protess over one of the most controversial wrongful conviction cases in Illinois history has been quietly settled.

Alstory Simon accused Protess and his team of conspiring to free death row inmate Anthony Porter and convict Simon for an infamous 1982 double murder.

Lawyers for all three parties had been in discussions for weeks. On Friday, they filed a one-page stipulation to dismiss the case. The amount of the settlement agreement — which still needs to be approved by a judge — was not disclosed.

Terry Ekl, the lead attorney for Simon, said in a statement that a “confidentiality clause prevents the parties from commenting on the terms of the settlement.” The lawsuit had sought $40 million.

Protess’ attorney, Matthew Piers, said Friday that his client admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and stood by his work in the Simon investigation, which he still believes proves Simon’s guilt. But with his legal fees mounting, Protess ultimately agreed to resolve the case because the expense of the litigation was “killing him,” Piers said.

“He is a retired guy, he doesn’t have a lot of means,” Piers said. “But he is proud of the work he did on this case … he believed that he acted absolutely appropriately.”

Northwestern released a short statement Friday saying only that it was “pleased” with the settlement and had admitted no wrongdoing.

In addition to the settlement with Northwestern and Protess, Simon also filed a motion to dismiss claims against private investigator Paul Ciolino, who worked for Protess and obtained Simon’s controversial confession that landed him in prison and led to charges against Porter being dismissed.

The resolution of the lawsuit short of trial could mean there will never be a full public airing of evidence in a case that had wide-ranging implications on the state’s criminal justice system — including the abolition of the death penalty. The settlement occurred before Simon could be deposed, and much of the other discovery in the case remains sealed by a protective order, records show.

Reached by phone, Ciolino’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, called the secrecy surrounding the settlement “appalling.”

“They clearly don’t want the truth to come out,” said Bonjean, adding that she’s also been kept in the dark on the settlement figure. “They want to stop discovery, and they don’t want to litigate.”

Ciolino has a defamation lawsuit pending in Cook County Circuit Court alleging pro-police lawyers and advocates destroyed his reputation and career in a "swift boat" plot to undermine Protess' work.

Protess, 72, taught investigative reporting at Northwestern's journalism school and founded the Medill Innocence Project, which under his tutelage contributed to the exoneration of 11 wrongfully convicted men, five of whom were on death row.

He left the school in 2011 amid controversy over tactics allegedly employed by his students during an investigation into the murder conviction of Anthony McKinney, including lying about their identities and flirting with witnesses. Amid pressure from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, university officials concluded Protess had misled them about what information he’d shared with McKinney’s attorneys — accusations that Protess called "entirely disingenuous."

The falling out eventually led to Protess announcing he was leaving Northwestern to found his own innocence project.

Simon’s lawsuit alleged Protess and Ciolino manufactured bogus evidence, coaxed false statements from witnesses and intimidated Simon into confessing to the August 1982 murders of Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green in a South Side park.

The confession — and Porter's eventual release from prison — helped spur then-Gov. George Ryan to halt executions, a step toward the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois in 2011.

The case was again upended in 2014 when Cook County prosecutors agreed to throw out Simon's conviction, citing questions about the methods used to obtain his confession.

But in yet another twist, an internal memo obtained by the Tribune last year showed that then-State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez had disregarded results of a yearlong investigation by her top deputies when she decided to free Simon.

In the memo, which has never been released publicly, Assistant State’s Attorneys Fabio Valentini and Joseph Magats said they had concluded there was not sufficient evidence to warrant setting Simon free.

Alvarez gave a sworn deposition as part of the Simon case earlier this year that remains under seal.

"In murder cases, prosecutors sign arrest warrants, not the cops. When cops bring their evidence to the prosecutors to get the warrant, there is often great tension because the detectives believe they have sufficient evidence to proceed, but the prosecutors want more. This is a built-in safeguard in the criminal justice system, providing an instant independent review of the case before charges are made. This was true in the Porter case."

Ex-death row inmate Alfred Brown 'bluffed his way out of prison,' county alleges
Explosive new allegation filed in federal court lawsuit

By Keri Blakinger Updated 6:52 pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The Houston man released from death row after more than a decade may have "bluffed his way out of prison," Harris County attorneys alleged in federal court filings this week.

Alfred Dewayne Brown was sentenced to die for the slaying of Houston police officer, but was freed in 2015 after a police investigator uncovered phone records in his garage that defense lawyers said corroborated Brown's alibi.

But now, the county is alleging the phone call doesn't prove Brown's innocence because it was actually a three-way call, showing he was not home at his girlfriend's. The shifting interpretation of the old records stems from a new expert analysis that Brown's attorneys have already begun calling into question.

Man freed by Innocence Project accused of child sexual assault
Natasha Lindstrom and Rich Cholodofsky | Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

A man freed from prison in May after a judge vacated his 1991 rape conviction in Westmoreland County was arrested Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old child at his home in McKees Rocks.

John Kunco, 53, previously of Harrison, was arraigned Friday on charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault.

Court documents list the date of the offenses as May 23, the day Kunco was released from prison after serving nearly 28 years of a 45- to 90-year sentence in an unrelated rape case.

Last week, officials received a Childline report from a 7-year-old girl who said she had been sexually abused by Kunco, a criminal complaint shows.

The child told officials she recalled laying beside Kunco on a futon, falling asleep and waking to Kunco sexually assaulting her. She said she was 6 when it happened.

Court records indicate that Kunco was able to post 10 percent of the $25,000 bail set in the new Allegheny County case on Friday — but Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said he believes that Kunco is in jail awaiting a mental health evaluation and is not expected to be released before Monday.

On May 23, Kunco was released from prison on a $10,000 unsecured bond after a judge vacated his 1991 rape conviction and gave prosecutors the option of a retrial.

A jury had convicted Kunco of savagely raping and torturing a 55-year-old woman in her New Kensington apartment.

Prosecutors said Kunco broke into the woman’s apartment in December 1990, blindfolded her with her underwear, shocked her with a frayed electrical cord, then raped her and forced her to perform sexual acts. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors photographs of a healed bite mark on the woman that experts said matched a dental imprint of Kunco’s mouth.

Kunco has maintained his innocence and received legal support from the Innocence Project, a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to exonerate wrongly convicted people using DNA evidence.

The Innocence Project on Friday said that Kunco has been fully cooperating with police since his release three months ago and described the new charges as “unsubstantiated allegations of unwanted contact.”

“These allegations have absolutely no relation to Mr. Kunco’s 1991 conviction that was recently vacated based on DNA and other evidence proving his innocence,” Karen Thompson, the Innocence Project attorney representing Kunco, said in a statement.

“It is important to remember at this point that Mr. Kunco has only been charged with a crime and should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” Thompson said. “As we know, wrongful convictions occur time after time because of a rush to judgment.”

The Innocence Project’s attorneys argued the bite mark evidence used to convict Kunco was based on faulty science. DNA testing last year of a blanket believed to have been present during the rape found no traces of Kunco’s genetic material and instead what the defense said was another unidentified male.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani ruled that with the new DNA evidence, the totality of the evidence presented against Kunco likely would not have resulted in a conviction at the original trial.

Peck said that prosecutors plan to go to court Monday morning to ask that Feliciani revoke Kunco’s bond in the New Kensington rape case.

“At this time, we are intending on retrying the case,” Peck said.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha. Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.



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