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Re: “'Reform' ain't right for Chicago, and maybe Derrick Rose isn't either

I stand corrected on "so-called" and "self-styled," though I think it can depend on context just how pejorative it can be.

Posted by Eric Zorn on 11/18/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “An 'obsessive' Sun-Times reporter is vindicated by the Vanecko caseā€”but not content

You write "Novak doesn't buy this. He doesn't believe incompetence can explain away ...the first investigation that went nowhere."
My specific contention is that, despite a few fuzzy memories to the contrary, neither City Hall nor the CPD knew about Vanecko's involvement in the case for several weeks, during which time the botching of the investigation was utterly routine.
Unless Vanecko himself or one of this pals secretly told CPD or administration officials, who would have been the source of this information?
I've put this question to Webb's office, to attorneys for the Koschman family and, here, I'll put it to anyone else who doesn't "buy" the conclusion of my column: What's your evidence?

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Posted by Eric Zorn on 02/14/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Comma 'gain? A troubling inconsistency at U. of C.

To borrow from a gag I saw on Twitter recently, this makes me want to have a gin, and tonic.

Posted by Eric Zorn on 08/28/2013 at 4:25 PM

Re: “My vote—public knowledge

A simple solution would have been for elections officials to post signs at the old polling places telling people where the new ones were. Not that hard, huh?
And/or the Chicago Board of Elections could have had a website that wasn't totally overwhelmed and inaccessible this morning when, from home, before heading out, I wanted to double-check where my local polling place was.
One I got there, however, no line, plenty of sleeves and cheerful workers.

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Posted by Eric Zorn on 11/06/2012 at 2:56 PM
Posted by Eric Zorn on 10/14/2012 at 10:49 PM

Re: “If He Didn't Do It, Why Did Alstory Simon Confess?

Eric Zorn:
Simon's multiple admissions, apology to the victims, etc. make it hard to credit the idea that he was simply acting to go along with some scheme, but, as I wrote (and as you noted I wrote) it would have been better for Simon to have gone through the plea process with a lawyer who had no ties whatever to those with a stake in the outcome of the Porter case. Just seems like common sense. As does, by the way, my suggestion to Simon and his new attorneys that they release Jack Rimland from any bonds of attorney/client privilege so he, Rimland, can tell us his version of this story.
One last thing -- I reiterate my suggestion to Mike Miner that his blog also contain his columns. It seems perverse and very 20th century to separate them.

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Posted by Eric Zorn on 05/06/2011 at 5:33 PM

Re: “John Conroy's Mixed Feelings on Burge's Sentence

A tip of all the caps I own to John Conroy, but one quibble. A prison sentence in which the prisoner might reasonably be expected to die while still in prison is analogous to a life sentence, not a death sentence. And I bring this up only because it's the sort of exaggeration that defense lawyers for older cons like to use at sentencing -- Dan Webb used it on behalf of George Ryan -- in an attempt to make a reasonable sentence of years sound barbaric. (this comment is from Eric Zorn, I forgot to put my name in the proper field)

Posted by Eric Zorn on 01/24/2011 at 9:25 AM

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