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Professor Who Helped Free Inmates to Leave N'western

Larry Marshall (photo by Jennifer Linzer, Northwestern Univ.)


Chicago, Ill. – A law professor who fought to free wrongfully convicted inmates in Illinois is leaving Northwestern University for a job at Stanford University.

Larry Marshall, 46, is stepping down as legal director of Northwestern's Center for Wrongful Convictions. He'll be heading Standford's clinical law program.

Marshall helped get convictions reversed in several high-profile cases, including the Ford Heights Four. They spent years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering a suburban Chicago couple.

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan cleared all of the inmates off death row in 2003 and says Marshall was one of the people who helped lead him to that decision. Ryan also says Marshall's departure is a loss for Illinois.


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