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December 22, 2011

Center on Wrongful Convictions and the fruits of justice

by dan rodriguez

This Chicago Tribune article graphically describes the long ordeal of Mr. Juan Rivera, an ordeal ended earlier this month.  Thanks to the efforts of a great collection of students, faculty, and alumni, and especially the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, justice has been served.

Through the good works of CWC, the Law School pursues retail justice on behalf of the wrongfully accused — indeed, dozens of incarcerated individuals have been released.  Wholesale justice is furthered as well.  Lawyers, law students, and intrepid journalists relentlessly investigate and uncover the bad policies, neglectful behavior, and mendacity of many individuals and institutions within the criminal justice system.  In this way, legal rules and public opinion work together toward constructive legal reform.  A great mission vigorously pursued by committed citizens under the aegis of Northwestern’s Law School.

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