Justice Trapped in the Legal System
This man, Alton Logan, has been in prison for 26 years. Attorneys for the man who committed the crime have come forward. Mr. Logan was sentenced in 1982. He is now 54 years old.
When the attorneys learned, via confession from their client, of Mr. Logan's innocence, assuming there was nothing they could do, being ensnared in the rules of attorney/client privilege, they secreted a letter away containing the details.
The letter was recently made public, with a judge's permission. The question is, will Mr. Logan be set free? It seems, in this case, there isn't an unobstructed path to his release from prison.
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As of yesterday, Friday, April 18, 2008, Alton Logan, after appearing in court, was granted a new trial and has been released after his family posted $1,000 bail on his behalf. Mr. Logan's future is still unclear.
From the article:
It would be up to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office to prosecute the case because of a conflict of interest for the Cook County State's Attorney's office. Madigan's spokeswoman, Robyn Ziegler, said no decision had been made about a retrial.
"We will carefully review all the evidence in the case and then decide the appropriate next step," she said.