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Wrongfully Convicted Man Discusses Illinois Justice With University of Chicago Law Students

James Newsome, who spent 15 years in an Illinois prison for a murder he did not commit, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 6, with University of Chicago Law School students about the criminal justice system in Illinois. Newsome was released from prison in 1994 and pardoned by Gov. Jim Edgar in 1995 after fingerprints at the scene showed another man had committed the murder of a grocery store owner in Chicago in 1979.

University of Chicago Professor Norval Morris, who helped Newsome fight for his freedom during 15 years in prison, will introduce Newsome at the Chautauqua Law & Society meeting in the Law School. WHO:James Newsome

Wrongfully convicted of murder WHAT:"Surviving Illinois Criminal Justice: An Innocent Man’s 15-Year Fight in the System" WHEN:12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 WHERE:Classroom 3

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