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Illinois appeals court affirms new trial for torture victim

CHicago (AP) — The Illinois Appellate Court has affirmed that Jackie Wilson’s 1982 murder confession resulted from torture by detectives who worked under disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, clearing the path toward a new trial.


In a strongly-worded decision, the entire three-judge panel sided with a Cook County judge’s decision to overturn Wilson’s conviction and grant him a retrial.


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The nonprofit news outlet Injustice Watch provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News.


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Wilson and his brother, Andrew Wilson, were convicted in the 1982 robbery and murder of two Chicago police officers, despite claiming from the outset that police beat and tortured them into confessions. Theirs were among the first highly publicized allegations of torture against Area 2 detectives under Burge’s command.

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Heels, faces: Wisconsin natives help lead wrestling revival
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Heels, faces: Wisconsin natives help lead wrestling revival

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — “It’s like a bad soap opera with a lot of people beating each other up.”


That’s how wrestler E.J. Jensen describes being a part of professional wrestling. Professional wrestling is making a comeback with networks such as AEW (All Elite Wrestling), ROH (Ring of Honor) and IMPACT Wrestling. It’s part of the reason Shane Schultz of Beloit, Wisconsin, and David Reed and wife Joann Calzada formed Underdog Championship Wrestling this fall.


Underdog Championship Wrestling held its first event on Oct. 13 with wrestlers Jay Kross of Janesville, Wisconsin, and Chicago-area greats such as E.J. Jensen, “Psychotic” Jimmy Blaze and more at Teamsters 325 in Rockford.


Its next event will be Saturday, Dec. 14. In holiday style, the show has The Grinch getting a whoopin’ from Santa. Another event is set for Jan. 18.

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Couple drops off newborn girl at Chicago-area fire station

Officials say a newborn girl has been dropped at a suburban Chicago fire station by her parents

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Body found in northern Michigan is former Chicago-area woman

A 50-year-old man has been charged in the slaying of a woman whose body was dragged through snow and left in a rural area in northern Michigan

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Security guard convicted in fatal shooting near Missouri bar

A security guard who claimed he was defending himself when he fatally shot a man outside a Kansas City bar has been convicted of second-degree murder

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2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers

State officials say that two Department of Children and Family Services employees at the center of an investigation into the well-being of a five-year-old boy who later died are no longer employed

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1 person dead after gun battle on St. Louis-area interstate

A 20-year-old man is dead after what police describe as a rolling gun battle on a busy St. Louis-area interstate highway

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Virginia man convicted in $3 million romance fraud scheme

A federal grand jury has convicted a 34-year-old Virginia man of helping to swindle women across the country out of nearly $3 million in a fraud scheme

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Judge rejects dismissal motion for wife with body in freezer

A 67-year-old woman who is accused of leaving her husband's body in a freezer for nearly a year lost a motion to have the charge against her dismissed

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Among the falsehoods that spread online this week is a video that's inaccurately described as showing Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg firing an AR-15 rifle