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eric zorn can't hit delete button fast enough...

Already under fire for his cheerleading of David Protess and the Innocence Project in the Anthony Porter case, Eric Zorn goes silent on his writing about another Northwestern wrongful conviction case that is unraveling. 

As of late, Zorn has begun censoring his blog of any criticism for his writing about the Anthony Proter double homicide case and from comments by cops in general who have been on the receiving end of his poison ink. 

After all, his columns played a crucial role in the Anthony Porter debacle, none more so than his 2005 tirade against the attorney representing the detectives in the case after the attorney proved Porter was likely the killer in the 1982 homicides in Washington Park. Zorn, who reportedly didn't even sit through the trial and hear the evidence, went ballistic on Attorney Walter Jones after Jones told the media that he thought Porter was the killer. 

That was in 2005. If Zorn had bothered to review the evidence as the jury had, he might have known all the way back then that the Porter wrongful conviction narrative was a scam and that an innocent man, Alstory Simon, had been framed for the murders. 

Instead, Zorn blasted off on Jones for daring to contradict the Northwestern fiction.

Now comes PR executive and former journalist Dan Curry researching another double homicide case in Paris, Illinois. Curry uncovers more evidence that this case is another David Protess/Innocence Project scam. 

In a post entitled Silence of the Hams, Curry writes:

Two well-known Illinois columnists — one liberal and one not — have followed the Paris murder case closely over the years.

Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune and Jim Dey of the Champaign News-Gazette have written extensively about the 1986 unsolved murders of Karen and Dyke Rhoads, following even relatively minor developments. Yet each is silent about our revelations of a mystery witness whose story might hold the key to solving the murders.

They are also silent about our revelations that Northwestern University and CBS dramatically misled the public about the case, and that media-celebrated former detective Michale Callahan failed to follow up on the mystery witness lead years before law enforcement found out about it.

I have contacted both and they have told me, in essence, they have nothing left to say about the case and that they regard it a closed matter from their point of view.

Curry tries to confront Eric Zorn about the evidence. Zorn's reaction? Silence, and suddenly all Zorn's former columns on the case, the ones supporting Protess, are disappearing.

"In Zorn's case, it simply is a bridge too far to declare himself possibly wrong about the numerous columns he wrote about the case, which have disappeared from his website," Curry writes. 

Zorn is good at ruining the careers and reputations of honest, hardworking cops and prosecutors, but he's not too good at taking criticism himself. Nor is he willing to be accountable for his actions, something he often claims about cops. 

Not a pretty picture: David Protess left Northwestern in a scandal in which the University admitted he lied about his cases. Attorneys for Alstory Simon are claiming a pattern of criminal conduct at Protess' Innocence Project. The Cook County State's Attorney is reviewing the Porter case and may very well reverse it. The local media, once the champions of Protess and his "warriors," are suddenly silent. 

One wonders if Zorn is getting arthritis from hitting the delete button so much.