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Investigator’s lawsuit alleges ‘swift boat’ plot to undermine Northwestern Innocence Project

A private investigator at the center of one of the most controversial murder cases in Illinois history is doubling down on allegations that a cabal of pro-police lawyers and advocates conspired to torpedo efforts by former Northwestern University professor David Protess to expose wrongful convictions.

Paul Ciolino, who obtained Alstory Simon’s sensational confession to a 1982 double murder that led to the exoneration of death row inmate Anthony Porter, filed a defamation lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging his reputation and career were destroyed by the “swift boat” plot to undermine Protess’ work.

The 66-page complaint largely mirrors a counterclaim filed by Ciolino in 2016 in an ongoing federal lawsuit filed by Simon. The counterclaim was thrown out last year by a federal judge who ruled Ciolino’s allegations were too tangential to the underlying case.

The lawsuit filed this week, however, contains details about the alleged conspiracy to attack Protess, including allegations

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-alstory-simon-defamation-lawsuit-20180104-story.html

Missouri AG Hawley fights Backpage.com lawsuit

“My message to Backpage is: the truth is coming for them. The truth is coming out,” Hawley told The Associated Press. “I will not be bullied to stop this investigation.”

Missouri’s top law enforcement official on Tuesday asked a court to dismiss a Backpage.com lawsuit that seeks to stop him from investigating the company, calling it “totally frivolous.”

Backpage sued Attorney General Josh Hawley last month over his investigation, arguing federal law and the First Amendment bar claims against the Dallas-headquartered website, which hosts classified ads from around the world.

Hawley’s office filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying it has evidence undermining Backpage’s claim that it doesn’t play a role in the sex-related ads posted on its website and that Hawley should be allowed to continue investigating.

Hawley’s office is investigating the company for potential violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, which prohibits

Read more at: http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20170802/missouri-ag-hawley-fights-backpagecom-lawsuit

Tinley Park to settle nuisance lawsuit filed by Buckeye low-income …


April 14, 2017   ·  
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Tinley Park, Illinois

Elections indeed have consequences.

Just a week after voters booted Mayor David Seaman and his slate of running mates from power in the April 4th balloting, the Village of Tinley Park is seemingly racing at full-speed to settle what appears to be a meritless and retaliatory lawsuit filed against the Village by the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, that controversial Ohio-based low-income housing project developer that embroiled Tinley Park in deep and lasting scandal last year.

This lawsuit has been hanging over the Village’s collective heads for some time, but the Village seems to be rushing to settle it now while the current Mayor and Board are still in office…which appears to leave the new incoming

Read more at: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/04/tinley-park-settles-nuisance-lawsuit-filed-by-buckeye-low-income-housing-developer/

Tinley Park to settle nuisance lawsuit filed by Buckeye low-income housing developer


April 14, 2017   ·  
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Tinley Park, Illinois

Elections indeed have consequences.

Just a week after voters booted Mayor David Seaman and his slate of running mates from power in the April 4th balloting, the Village of Tinley Park is seemingly racing at full-speed to settle what appears to be a meritless and retaliatory lawsuit filed against the Village by the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, that controversial Ohio-based low-income housing project developer that embroiled Tinley Park in deep and lasting scandal last year.

This lawsuit has been hanging over the Village’s collective heads for some time, but the Village seems to be rushing to settle it now while the current Mayor and Board are still in office…which appears to leave the new incoming

Read more at: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/04/tinley-park-settles-nuisance-lawsuit-filed-by-buckeye-low-income-housing-developer/

Lawsuit contends N Carolina sex offender law goes too far

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— Convicted sex offenders are pushing back against North Carolina laws they contend deprive them of constitutional rights without protecting children.

Two anonymous sex offenders and a Raleigh-based national nonprofit that advocates for them filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging the state laws. It’s part of an effort to trim sex registry laws that now require more than 800,000 convicts nationwide to register their names, addresses and photographs, perhaps for as long as they live.

State Attorney General Josh Stein will defend the law and “believes that protecting people from sex offenders is critically important to public safety,” spokeswoman Laura Brewer said in an email.

The offenders contend that North Carolina’s law violates the

Read more at: http://www.wral.com/lawsuit-contends-n-carolina-sex-offender-law-goes-too-far/16467381/

Man whose murder conviction overturned after 28 years says in lawsuit he was ‘framed’

NEWPORT, Ky. (WDRB) – William Virgil, who spent nearly three decades in prison before his murder case was thrown out last year, has filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit against Newport, Ky., Cincinnati and several law enforcement officers who investigated him, claiming he was “framed.”

Campbell Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine threw out Virgil’s conviction and he was released from prison a year ago in large part due to DNA testing that was not available when he was found guilty in the 1987 slaying of Retha Welch, a Veterans Administration nurse in Newport.

But prosecutors have said there is still enough evidence to convict Virgil and a trial has been scheduled for April 24.

Last week, Virgil and his attorneys filed a federal lawsuit in Covington alleging police and prosecutors “manipulated witnesses, fabricated evidence and withheld exculpatory information that would have demonstrated his absolute innocence of this crime.”

The Kentucky Innocence Project has already asked Stine

Read more at: http://www.wdrb.com/story/34135614/man-whose-murder-conviction-overturned-after-28-years-says-in-lawsuit-he-was-framed