Students and staff of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS were instrumental in helping attorneys for Herbert Whitlock, currently serving a life sentence for murder, in their successful bid for a new trial. Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently announced that she will not challenge an appellate court decision overturning Whitlock's 1987 conviction.
Whitlock's attorneys were assisted in the post-conviction investigation by students in a Wrongful Convictions class taught by UIS Professor Larry Golden. Under the direction of Bill Clutter, Innocence Project director of investigations, the students interviewed witnesses and helped prepare for the evidentiary hearing that was conducted in the spring of 2005. Read more>>