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Man Exonerated by Northwestern Arrested for Another Murder

From the Chicago Reader:

Two years ago, Andre Davis was released from prison after DNA evidence pointed to another man in the 1980 rape and murder of three-year-old Brianna Stickel. Of the 100-plus inmates wrongfully convicted in Illinois, Davis had spent more time than any of them behind bars: 32 years.

On June 11, Davis was arrested on murder charges again—this time for the October death of 19-year-old Jamal Harmon. Authorities allege that Davis’s nephew shot Harmon following a dispute about a dice game, and that Davis then stabbed the teen and dumped his body in a south-side alley.

Is it really such a surprise? This case hinged on a DNA claim by Northwestern's Center on Wrongful Convictions. Though convicted twice, Davis was ultimately freed when Northwestern presented what they said were conflicting DNA evidence.

But there are disturbing signs that Davis was still guilty. Prosecutors, like many cases that Northwestern deems are "wrongfully convicted," still seemed to believe Davis was guilty. 

Here's what the prosecutor J. Rietz said after Davis' exoneration:

While indicating that she does not have sufficient evidence to convict Davis of murder, Rietz suggested Davis is guilty and downplayed the DNA evidence linking another man, Maurice Tucker, to the crime.

"By (not opposing the innocence petition), we are not admitting the allegations of the petition itself and are not stating a position in favor of a finding of actual innocence," Rietz said in a written statement.

In a subsequent interview, Rietz said the new DNA evidence doesn't necessarily clear Davis and doesn't necessarily implicate Tucker. The DNA material was recovered from bedding on which the child's body was found and in a room of a house where Tucker lived.

So one wonders, is this guy truly wrongfully convicted? Did he rape and kill that child? Not two years out and Davis kills again...

What is particularly compelling about this story is the Chicago Reader's coverage of it. There is nothing detailing the vast evidence uncovered that Northwestern was fraudulently releasing killers on other cases, particularly the Anthony Porter case. Nothing about the fact that one of the school's professors, one who worked hand in hand with the law school that freed Davis, was fired for lying to the school, for doctoring records. Nothing about the evidence that this professor framed another man, Alstory Simon, for murders he did not commit. All of this was being uncovered during the time this reporter was writing about Davis, but none of it made it into his stories. 

It is yet another sign of how Chicago's media is in the back pocket of the wrongful conviction activists. 

The corruption at Northwestern University is getting darker and more blood by the day. Will the State's Attorney step up to the plate and initiate an investigation into the school? Will the FOP union also demand this investigation? 

Is Davis getting away with the rape and murder of a little girl the way Anthony Porter got away with a double homicide in 1982?