Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on getting the wrong guy

This Chicago Criminal attorney was with her Mum-in-Law and we disagreed about a huge news story.  The disagreement had nothing to do with her lovely son a/k/a my BFF.  We disagreed about whether the police officer accused of a shooting spree was actually the right person.

Guess who was right?

From the front page of the Chicago Sun Times:
Lynwood cop cleared in shooting spree
STATE’S ATTORNEY APOLOGIZES | ‘It would have been physically impossible for Brian Dorian to have committed this crime’
Admitting they arrested the wrong man, Will County authorities abruptly announced late Tuesday they will drop the murder charge filed against Lynwood Police Officer Brian Dorian.

The stunning announcement came four days after a similarly stunning announcement from the same authorities — that a suburban cop was the man who randomly shot three people near the Illinois/Indiana border.
But evidence recovered from Dorian’s personal computer showed he was at his Crete Township home at the start of the Oct. 5 shooting spree that left a construction worker dead outside rural Beecher in Will County, officials said.

“It would have been physically impossible for Brian Dorian to have committed this crime,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said during a hastily called news conference only hours after Dorian appeared in court.
He offered an apology to the veteran cop who had pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of Rolando Alonso, 45, a father of 10.
“This is a terribly tragic case,” Glasgow said. “I feel horrible that Brian Dorian went through this. And I certainly would apologize for any inconvenience he has suffered.
“But at the same time, he’s a police officer. And if he were in our shoes and he had a suspect under these circumstances, Brian Dorian would have acted the same way.”
An uninjured survivor of the shooting identified Dorian as the gunman in a photo lineup and then in a personal lineup, Glasgow said.
There is a criminal out there, let’s hope we can re-think the value of identifying an individual in a lineup when the witness was under a huge amount of stress and trauma in many of these cases.

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