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.

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