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Chicago police seek notes of Washington professor

SEATTLE (AP) -- Lawyers for Chicago police officers being sued by an exonerated murder convict have subpoenaed the notes of a Western Washington University journalism professor who 16 years ago wrote stories questioning the convict's guilt.

Professor Carolyn Nielsen was a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1994 when she wrote stories examining the trial and subsequent murder conviction of then-14-year-old Thaddeus Jimenez.

Last year, Jimenez was exonerated by a group of lawyers who say Nielsen's reporting spurred their interest in the case. Jimenez, now free, has sued the Chicago Police Department for false arrest, saying he was framed.

Lawyers for the officers subpoenaed Nielsen's notes this month in hopes of finding details that will show their suspicion of Jimenez was reasonable. Her attorney tells The Seattle Times she'll fight the subpoena.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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