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I've watched skeptically the past few years as Simon's cause was championed. The attorneys who took up his case had heretofore been identified with cops and prosecutors, not with prisoners doing life who claimed they'd been railroaded. The prosecutor, Alvarez, who seemed so receptive to their arguments, had reasons to loathe and mess with the legacy of Porter's original champion, David Protess, who back in the day was a professor running the Medill Innocence Project.
On the other hand, I haven't wanted to ape all those judges and prosecutors who over the years, confronted with pleas of innocence, have denied the facts in front of their eyes and ears because they were emotionally so invested in settled outcomes. I wonder now if Alvarez considers this a one-off, or if she'll scour the state's prisons for other injustices to rectify. And if Simon's attorneys, Terry Ekl and James Sotos, will work as hard for, say, victims of Jon Burge, the convicted former police commander whom Sotos has previously represented.
Here, as background, are previous stories I've done:
Alvarez gets interested, from 2013.
Alstory Simon versus his trial lawyer, from this August.
Some background on Ekl and Sotos, from a year ago.
And from 2011, Protess versus Alvarez.