The 60 Minutes segment that examines wrong-headed Cook County prosecutions

Just watch the 60 Minutes video.  It is devastating and shows the mind-set of way too many police and prosecutors.  This is more evidence as to why you should never speak to the police if you are suspected of committing a crime.


mosaic_anita143x176I have previously written how Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has lead a national effort to jail citizens who film police in public — a major deterrent to the use of the single most important technology in fighting police abuse. She was previously criticized by the Seventh Circuit for her “extreme” arguments to strip citizens of their first amendment rights. Now Alvarez has added to her rather notorious reputation with a bizarre claim as part of a 60 minutes piece on a litany of wrongful convictions by her office. She suggests that the fact that a serial rapist’s DNA was found on the body was not proof of the innocence of five teens because he might have come across the girl’s dead body later and had sex with it.

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