Did A Guilty Man Go Free?   Leave a comment

You know, it smarts whenever I come across an article over at the conservative website American Thinker and come to realize that they’re right on something….in this case, they may actually be right.

A little background: in August 1982, a man named Anthony Porter was arrested for the murders of Jerry Hillard & Marilyn Green; Porter was later convicted and sentenced to death for those murders. In 1998, a state judge granted him a mental capacity hearing on the grounds that he was not mentally competent to be executed; now, it was during this hearing that a Northwestern journalism professor, David Protess, along with a group of Northwestern journalism students and private investigator Paul Ciolino, announced that they had uncovered evidence not only contradicting Porter’s guilt but also pointing to another individual, Alstory Simon, who later confessed (under duress, if reports are to be believed) to the murders and who now currently is serving a 37yr. sentence for those murders.

Now, the name Anthony Porter should be familiar to death penalty opponents; after Porter’s death sentence was commuted by then-Gov. George Ryan (who later commuted all death sentences in the Illini State), Porter was later released from prison following Story’s confession and plea agreement on the murders in question. However – and this is where I think American Thinker gets it right – it may indeed be that it was Anthony Porter and not Alstory Simon who committed those murders…

If this is the case – and you can click the AT link to see what the current state of affairs on this sordid tale are at present – then frankly heads should roll; this is precisely the kind of malicious misappropriation of justice that screams for federal investigation. To be fair, though, for all the above, let us not forget the victims in this case – Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green – who may never get the justice they deserve.

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Posted April 10, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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