Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Turow honored in Springfield

Scott Turow, a best-selling author and lawyer who helped free an Illinois death-row inmate, was honored Monday by the University of Illinois Springfield’s Downstate Illinois Innocence Project.

Turow received the Defender of the Innocent Award during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway.

In 1995, Turow was a defense attorney in a case that resulted in the overturning of the wrongful conviction of a man convicted and once sentenced to death for the 1983 kidnapping, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico in DuPage County.

The UIS project also recognized Turow for his advocacy of a death penalty moratorium in Illinois, according to Larry Golden, director of the Innocence Project.

The award was featured in an April 10, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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