The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Blaming Students for Prosecutors’ Mistakes

Dec 7, 2009

Anita Alvarez, the Democratic Cook County States Attorney, is harassing the Northwestern University journalism students who worked to free innocent people from prison. She subpoenaed the students’ grades, memos, email messages and course outlines to look at their “bias, motive and interest.”

The case the students were investigating that provoked Alvarez involved Anthony McKinney, who has been in prison for 31 years. He was 18 years old when he was arrested for a murder. After he was beaten with a pipe by a cop with a history of brutality, he confessed to the murder.

The Northwestern students tracked down seven people who testified that someone else confessed to them he was the murderer. They said there is a video of the other man’s confession.

Alvarez, the prosecutor, is attacking the students instead of looking at evidence of McKinney’s innocence.

The prosecutor didn’t like the fact that the students showed up the injustice of Cook County prosecutions.