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In fact, spurious practices he's accused of include deceptive tactics, cooperating with defense lawyers (that "negates a journalist's legal privilege to resist subpoenas"), "whether he altered an email to cover up that cooperation," and giving his students better grades for uncovering evidence that, in fact, was their job to do in wrongful conviction cases.
In addition, his students are bogusly charged with allegedly paying off a witness and misrepresenting themselves.
They and Protess vigorously deny all accusations, calling them a malicious smear campaign by the Cook County state's attorney's office. Dean Lavine became party to it by claiming, without justification, that Protess "knowingly misrepresented the facts and his actions," compromising his own character and academic freedom by saying so.
In mid-June, Protess "retired from Northwestern altogether (effective August 31)," while continuing to run the Innocence Project, saying:
"I have spent three decades exposing wrongful convictions only to find myself in the cross hairs of others who are wrongfully accusing me."
He also believes he's been criticized and denigrated for defending his students and occasional lapses of memory, the latter, of course, affecting everyone without facing accusations of wrongdoing.
On June 13, Protess said he's now President of the Chicago Innocence Project, continuing his investigative work non-profit.
According to George Washington University Professor Mark Feldstein:
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