It is being reported on October 14, 2015 that the Bali suitcase killer Heather Mack’s uncle went to court to prevent Mack from receiving her trust fund money. “William Wiese, the uncle of Heather Mack, plans to file a petition in an Illinois court to ensure his niece and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, do not get a penny from his sister’s $1.56 million trust fund.”
William B. Crawford is a former reporter, writer and legal affairs columnist for the Chicago Tribune. During a 23-year-career at the newspaper, he was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize as well as many other major awards for his work.
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It is being reported on October 20, 2015 that Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to be released from prison next Tuesday. He will begin house arrest on October 20, 2015. A South African parole board decided to release Pistorius one year into his five year sentence for murdering Reeva Steenkamp.
A new documentary released this year A Murder in the Park, concerns the unjust exoneration of murderer, Anthony Porter. This film reveals the underbelly of the Innocence movement. This documentary covers the unsavory actions of a Chicago Innocence group headed by a Northwestern university professor, David Protess, and how they caused a convicted murderer to walk free while coercing another man take the fall and go to prison.
Anthony Porter was on death row for shooting two people to death in 1982. Fifteen years later, Protess’s Innocence project, with the help of private investigator, Paul Ciolino, coerced a false confession from an innocent man and influenced the star witness to recant his testimony which resulted in the release of Porter and an innocent man, Alstroy Simon, taking the blame. Because of this case, the death penalty was abolished in Illinois.