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Did Chicago Police Coerce Witnesses?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tyrone Hood has been in prison for 21 years, and could be up for parole in 2030. He has always maintained his innocence. “This thing is bigger than me,” he said. “There’s a chain of corruption.' Tyrone Hood has been in prison for 21 years, and could be up for parole in 2030. He has always maintained his innocence. “This thing is bigger than me,” he said. “There’s a chain of corruption." (Stefan Ruiz for The New Yorker/The New Yorker)

Tyrone Hood is currently serving a 75-year sentence in a maximum-security prison, convicted of murder. New Yorker staff writer Nicholas Schmidle investigates the murder conviction and  looks at the possibility that Chicago police coerced witnesses into implicating Hood for a crime that he didn’t commit. Despite mounting signs that point to Hood’s innocence, and claims from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office that it is reviewing the case, Hood has not yet received a date for a new hearing. Schmidle’s article “Crime Fiction” appears in the August 4, 2014, issue of The New Yorker.

 

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Nicholas Schmidle

Comments [3]

theod from tucson

The criminal justice "system" is about a tidy, simplistic narrative. If the cops can fit the players, history, motives, racism into a neat package, you can sell it to overworked judges & prosecutors looking for "production statistics" and the simulacrum of justice served. But, as shown in the NY article, when you do this to innocent people, murderers keep on killing, so no justice is served. The system is served—with a false sense of satisfaction as it willingly hoodwinks the public. And the system is very reluctant to ever admit one mistake because that means there are many, many more mistakes yet to be uncovered. The system is systematic and repetitive.

Aug. 19 2014 10:37 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Couldn't there be DNA on the mouth of the beer bottle, likely from the same person who left the fingerprints? Or are the bottles not available anymore?

Aug. 08 2014 12:37 PM
fuva from harlemworld

This segment underscores the complexities of the criminal (in?)justice system's failures. But I wish the analysis was better...

Aug. 08 2014 12:31 PM

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