Tomorrow (Sunday, October 2) is International Wrongful Conviction Day. This is a present day problem with a long and sad history that has often been deliberately erased.

That is certainly true in Chicago, and my own work over the years has tried to capture some of those stories and show how and why they happened. To honor the victims of wrongful convictions (and those who fight to right those wrongs) this coming week, beginning October 2, I will post a story a day about a case of what appears to be a wrongful conviction from Chicago’s history.



Writer. Formerly civil rights attorney. Currently professor. Working on new book about mental disability and criminal law in the 20th century.

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