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Judge orders Medill students to give emails to prosecutors

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A Cook County judge has ruled that students of former Northwestern professor David Protess students were “acting as investigators in a criminal proceeding” and that they must give prosecutors more than 500 emails detailing their efforts to free a man serving a life sentence. “In this case, the Medill students worked at the direction of [the jailed man's] attorneys, conducting interviews, gathering evidence,” the judge said. Protess says he’s “disappointed with the decision,” while Northwestern officials say they “respect the judge’s ruling and need to examine their options before moving forward.” (Read earlier coverage.) Just before the judge made her ruling, Chicago magazine posted its feature from the October issue examining what happened between Protess and Northwestern. “How did he and Medill come to such a bitter and rancorous end — in which no party escaped untarnished?” asks the magazine. Read more

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Prosecutors: Medill prof’s emails to students shouldn’t be protected under shield law

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Cook County prosecutors contended at hearing on Tuesday that students from the Medill Innocence Project weren’t working as reporters during their five-year quest to prove Anthony McKinney innocent of murder but as agents for attorneys at the university law school’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. “It is not reporting,” an assistant state’s attorney said, arguing why the roughly 500 e-mails between students and former Innocence Project head David Protess should be turned over to prosecutors. Medill lawyers argued that the Illinois law shielding reporters is broad and covers not only mainstream news media but also “advocacy journalism” that crusades for a cause or takes a certain point of view. || Earlier coverage. || Protess/Medill Innocence Project timeline. Read more

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Renowned Medill prof Protess to retire

Chicago Tribune
David Protess will retire from Northwestern University at the end of August. The Medill Innocence Project founder and director “went from making news for helping set prisoners free to becoming the focus of the headlines as his actions with the university and his techniques came under fire in the past year,” notes the Tribune. || From the Romenesko archives: Medill profs don’t expect Protess to return from his leave.
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Medill profs don’t expect Protess to return from his leave

Daily Northwestern
That’s what Brian Rosenthal reports in his investigation of what he calls “questionable tactics” that David Protess‘ students used in their work for the Medill Innocence Project. The Daily Northwestern staffer writes:

Protess encouraged his students to mislead interview subjects about their identities and intentions, party with potential sources, work closely with defense attorneys and attempt to convince eyewitnesses their original testimony may have been wrong, according to the sources.

Protess took a leave after Northwestern University removed him from his Investigative Reporting class for the spring quarter. The school has accused him of lying and doctoring records. Last week, dozens of journalists from around the country called for an independent investigation of Protess’ actions. Read more

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Journalists call for independent investigation of Protess controversy at Medill

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The 35 people who signed the statement say they “are deeply concerned about what appears to be a retaliatory campaign by law enforcement authorities and Northwestern University against long-time investigative journalist and Professor David Protess.” (Full coverage.) The journalists continue:

We call on our colleagues, especially those covering the news media, to join in investigating what is happening at Northwestern University. We also ask university officials to present themselves in a public session to explain their actions, and to answer questions on why they have endangered one of the premier investigative reporting projects in the country.

Romenesko has the full statement. Read more

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Northwestern accuses j-prof Protess of lying, doctoring records

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Northwestern officials say David Protess‘s conduct could “undermine the integrity” of the university, its students and the news media. In a two-hour, closed-door meeting, journalism school Dean John Lavine explained to Medill faculty how a review of Protess’ conduct led to his removal from teaching for the spring quarter.

From The Daily Northwestern’s story:

The mood [at the faculty meeting] was solemn but respectful, [one professor] said. Another Medill faculty member, who asked to speak anonymously due to the sensitivity of the subject, described the meeting as “tense,” as some professors were completely convinced by the presentation and others had their doubts.

Chicago Reader has a quote from Protess and NU’s complete statement Read more

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Protess takes leave from Medill after being pulled from class

Daily Northwestern
David Protess will use the time off to “establish a nonprofit organization devoted to investigative reporting of criminal justice issues.” The new initiative, to be called the Chicago Innocence Project, will closely resemble Protess’s Medill Innocence Project. “This doesn’t in any way sever my ties to NU,” says the journalism professor. “It simply allows me to have the time to do something…it does not compete with MIP [Medill Innocence Project].” || Earlier: Northwestern takes Protess out of the spring Investigative Reporting class.
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