Illinois Broadcasters Protest Subpoena of J-Students

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The Illinois News Broadcasters Association is protesting a Cook County prosecutor’s attempt to see the grades and notes of students who believe they’ve found an innocent man in prison.

INBA president Melissa Hahn released a letter Wednesday to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

The group disagrees with Alvarez issuing subpoenas to a Northwestern University professor whose journalism students believe they have evidence to exonerate Anthony McKinney in the 1978 slaying of a security guard.

Hahn argues the students are journalists and their work is shielded from government interference.

The students are part of Northwestern’s “Innocence Project” which has found evidence to free several people from prison.

Prosecutors also claim in court the students bribed witnesses. The university has until January to answer that charge.

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