Prosecutors free Alstory Simon in pivotal Illinois death penalty case

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A man was freed from prison Thursday after Cook County prosecutors threw out a double murder conviction that is linked to one of Illinois' most pivotal death penalty cases.

Alstory Simon confessed to killing two people on the South Side in 1982.

His 11th hour confession in 1999 may have saved the life of Anthony Porter who had been convicted of the killings and sentenced to death.

Porter was released from prison two days before his scheduled execution.

Porter's case sparked widespread reform and ultimately the end of capital punishment in Illinois.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez decided to re-examine the case when Simon's lawyers argued the case against him was weak.

In a news conference Thursday,  Alvarez said the investigation was "so deeply corroded and corrupted" that her office could no longer maintain the legitimacy of the conviction.

It's not known if anyone else will be prosecuted for the double murder.

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4 comments

  • Lisa Porter

    This is why it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that we (the Citizens) make sure the right person is arrested, charged and convicted of a crime. Who knows how many other people have been killed by the person who committed these murders. while these two were held for it. I know it is possible that one of these two is guility, but if you can’t convict them, it’s almost saying that didn’t do it.

  • indict tio

    Wgn and the Trib along with that activist fraud Protess looks pretty stupid right now. Bet you won’t do an expose on your collective corruprion bias and in regards to this case. How does it feel violating the rights and reputation of an innocent man and swaying public opinion to keep him on death row ?