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Illinois Innocence Lawyer Taking On 'Junk Science'

John Hanlon, Illinois Innocence Project
Illinois Innocence Project

This year, the Illinois Innocence Project is making its 15th anniversary. In January, the program helped win freedom for Teshome Campbell. He had been convicted of murdering James Shepherd in Champaign back in 1997, and spent more than 18 years in prison.

Brian Mackey talks to the Illinois Innocence Project's executive and legal director, John Hanlon, about changes to the program, choosing cases, and what he calls "junk science” in the courtroom.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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