Judge won’t dismiss ex-inmate’s suit against Northwestern

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a freed Illinois inmate’s lawsuit that claims Northwestern University and a professor conspired to frame him.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow on Tuesday agreed to allow Alstory Simon’s $40 million lawsuit to move forward. Simon says shoddy oversight by Northwestern allowed former journalism professor David Protess, a private investigator and a defense attorney to conspire to frame him for a 1982 double slaying.

Simon says he was coerced into making a confession with promises of an early release and profits from book and movie deals. He was released in 2014 after prosecutors found evidence another man was responsible.

Simon’s confession prompted authorities to free Anthony Porter less than 48 hours before his scheduled execution in 1999.

A Northwestern spokesman declined to comment Tuesday.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Alstory Simone was never on death row.