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Anita Alvarez
Interrogation taping a positive reform for police
Interrogation taping a positive reform for police

Even for Cook County, which has seen nearly 100 wrongful convictions exposed in the last quarter-century, Tuesday was momentous. The convictions of two men for a 1992 double murder were thrown out the same day a record $40 million settlement was made public in the case of five men wrongly convicted of a 1991 rape and murder in Dixmoor. Both cases went to trial long before reforms in 2003 mandated that police throughout Illinois videotape interrogations of homicide suspects. The reforms, law enforcement officials say, have lowered the risk of false confessions. A cultural shift should help as well, according to police and prosecutors, who say they are more aware than ever of how their...