How Two Newspaper Reporters Helped Free an Innocent Man

By: Maurice Possley | The Atlantic

During nearly 25 years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, I received hundreds requests for help from convicted defendants. None was more compelling than the hand-printed letter from Daniel Taylor, a 25-year-old inmate at Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois. In neat block letters, Daniel explained that he was serving a life sentence without parole for a double murder in Chicago in 1992. Even though Daniel had given a court-reported confession, he said he was innocent and he had police records that proved it.


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