Dead Men Walking

In an extraordinary last act, Illinois' Governor grants clemency to everyone on the state's death row

After 16 years of wearing prison-issue denim, Madison Hobley barely had time to change into the suit his wife had brought him before he was rushed out of the gate last week by Illinois officials, an exonerated man. Condemned to death for the murder of his first wife, baby son and five other people in a 1987 arson case, Hobley--who had no previous convictions--insisted that police had beaten and suffocated him to get a confession. Years later, his lawyers claimed that crucial evidence had not been made available to them by prosecutors. Yet for all the outrage over Hobley's arrest and...

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