Friday, March 09, 2007

UIS to host presentation by investigator in Steidl case

Michale Callahan, the Illinois State Police officer whose investigation into the case of Randy Steidl led to a lawsuit against state police officials, will speak on "Demoted for Pursuing the Truth" beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, March 19, in UHB 2034. The program is presented by the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project and the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies at UIS.

In 1987, Steidl was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. However, a subsequent investigation led by Bill Clutter, now Illinois Innocence Project director of investigations, developed new evidence disproving a key element of the prosecution's case. After the state police assigned Callahan to review the case file, he concluded that Steidl and a co-defendant had been framed. Callahan's investigation was hindered for political reasons, and he later successfully sued ISP officials. Read more>>

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