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Resource ID: #15271
Subject: Criminal Justice System
Source: WMAQ-TV (Chicago)
Date: 1998-10-01



WMAQ-TV's Unit5 uncovers a Chicago Police investigation riddled with mistakes that raise serious questions about the conviction of a 15-year-old boy for the high-profile murder of a Chicago firefighter. The murder was unsolved for eight months, and then an informant came forward and turned in his own nephew, Ellis Patterson. After eight hours of interrogation, police say Patterson confessed. But the authors examined hundreds of pages of legal documents and found no signed or written confession.

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