Sunday, March 3, 2013

James Kluppelberg: (Illinois). Arson "science" case: Released after 24 years because fire investigation was so unreliable - but prosecutors appose granting of a "certificate of innocence." (Something is very wrong in this picture: HL).

 STORY: "Freed inmate fights prosecutors for 'certificate of innocence," by reporter Brad Edwards,  published by CBS on February 18, 2013.

GIST: "He was convicted of setting a 1984 fire in Chicago that killed six people.  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office pushed for his release after witnesses recanted and their own experts re-examination deemed the fire investigation “unreliable” and “no longer supportable.” Since his release, Kluppelberg’s fought for a Certificate of Innocence. “It will give me my life back,” he explains. But, it’s now being contested by the very state’s attorney’s office that pushed for his release. “It’s shocking,” Kluppelberg says. “How could they fight this after fighting to release me?” “Can we retry the case and convict him? No,” says Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for state’s attorney Anita Alvarez.  “Can we say he’s completely innocent?  We don’t feel we have sufficient evidence to say that.” So now it’s now up to a judge. A hearing is slated for late March."

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