The Press: A Break from Routine

Detroit Free Press Reporter James Robinson's regular job is covering the state legislature in Lansing. But one day last March, Robinson was pulled off his beat to check an anonymous tip that an innocent man was behind prison bars. Such tips are a dime a dozen in any newsroom; legislative Reporter Robinson got the assignment mainly because his city editor thought it would provide a welcome break from routine.

With methodical thoroughness Jim Robinson, 35, examined the record. On June 9, 1954, Detroit police had answered a call to the residence of Walter...

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