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Police Departments, We Have a Problem: An Erosion of Trust

Aurora (IL) Police Commander Kristen Ziman was both surprised and a bit offended by praise heaped on the Aurora Police Department for its reinvestigation of a case that prompted the exoneration of Jonathan Moore. Moore had served twelve years for murder when new evidence suggested that he wasn’t the perpetrator. Ziman didn’t think the decision to reinvestigate the case was unusual. It’s the kind of integrity her department shows every day. Doing the right thing, she reasoned, should not be so exceptional as to receive widespread recognition and praise.

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Innocence Project Legal Directors Praise State’s Attorney and Police for “Model Response”

In a Chicago Tribune article today here, John Hanlon, legal director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, and Steven Drizen, legal director of the Center on Wrongful Conviction at Northwestern Law praise Kane County (IL) State’s Attorney Joe McMahon and Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas for pursuing truth even after a conviction, which resulted in the vacation of the murder conviction of Jonathan Moore. Key to this “model response”: Not having tunnel vision or defending a conviction in the face of significant new evidence, but instead dedicating resources—and “fresh” investigators—to a reinvestigation.