What really happened in Paris, Illinois? 

With a pardon at stake, two wrongful convictions in a double murder case get the reverse spin.

Randy Steidl, who was released from prison after 17 years, speaks at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg in 2010.

Randy Steidl, who was released from prison after 17 years, speaks at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg in 2010.

Andrew A. Nelles / Photo for The Courier-News / Sun-Times Media

Did you know there's an "innocence industry" in Chicago? It's a "conglomeration of defense lawyers, investigators, a major Chicago-based university (Northwestern), . . . media outlets," and other assorted players. Its product is innocence—or at least the appearance of innocence—extracted from the…

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