NU's death row Innonence Project questioned

November 18, 2010 9:17:49 AM PST
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is raising new questions about Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project.

Investigations by journalism students at Northwestern have helped exonerate innocent men from death row and influenced former governor George Ryan to impose a moratorium on executions.

However, Cook County prosecutors say the students crossed legal and ethical lines while investigating a decades-old murder. According to the Chicago Tribune, the students allegedly secretly recorded a witness and may have broken a state law.

The Tribune says that the university has hired former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas to look into the project's investigation.