Ill. law school poised to help wrongly convicted on a shorter path to pardon, compensation

, The National Law Journal

The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's School of Law is planning to file petitions on Wednesday for certificates of innocence on behalf of four people who have had their convictions overturned. They are the first such filings under Illinois' new law, which allows people who have served time in prison for a conviction that was later reversed, dismissed or set aside to petition for a certificate of innocence in circuit court rather than waiting for the governor to grant a pardon.

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