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Judge: Reporters can't moonlight as attorneys and expect to be shielded in court

Scott Holland May 10, 2017, 12:16am

Protections for reporters do not permanently extend to lawyers moonlighting as filmmakers, according to a federal judge in Chicago.

P.I.'s $25M defamation countersuit tossed in Alstory Simon, Northwestern U. false murder charges case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 4, 2017, 5:17pm

Saying the cases are only “technically related" and would bog each other down, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a $25 millioncountersuit for defamation brought against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, a documentary filmmaker and other defendants, by a private investigator, who is one of the defendants facing a $40 million malicious prosecution lawsuit from a man, cleared of double murder charges, who claims the P.I. and a Northwestern University journalism professor coerced him into

Man cleared of double murder OK'd to sue Northwestern, journalism professor he says put him behind bars

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 30, 2016, 6:23pm

A man whose conviction on double murder charges was vacated after it was revealed a Northwestern University journalism professor and the investigator with whom he worked had allegedly falsified evidence implicating him in the killings has won the chance to continue with his lawsuit against the university and the people he alleged wrongly put him behind bars to boost their own prestige and careers.