FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Loyola’s School of Law Presents Discussion on Alton Logan Case
Alton Logan and Panelists Discuss His Imprisonment and Case Challenges
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law is holding a panel discussion to explore the legal and ethical questions surrounding the highly publicized Chicago case involving the wrongful conviction of Alton Logan. Mr. Logan will speak as part of the panel, along with other expert panelists.
Logan spent 26 years imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. Attorneys Dale Coventry and Jamie Kunz knew of Logan’s innocence when their client, Andrew Wilson, confessed to the murder Logan was convicted. Despite that knowledge, attorney-client privilege, which encourages clients to speak honestly with their lawyers so the attorneys can give legal advice and stop the clients who are contemplating questionable acts, prevented Coventry and Kunz from coming forward. After the recent death of their client, Coventry and Kunz came forward to defend the innocence of Alton Logan, and on September 4, 2008, the Illinois Attorney General’s office dropped all charges against Alton Logan, and he is now a free man.
- Alton Logan – Imprisoned for 26 years for a murder he did not commit.
- Dale Coventry – Attorney who knew of Alton Logan’s innocence, but kept the information secret due to attorney-client privilege
- Erica Reddick – Alton Logan attorney; Assistant Public Defender, Legal Resources Division of Cook County Public Defender’s Office
- Harold Winston – Alton Logan attorney; Assistant Public Defender, Legal Resources Division of Cook County Public Defender’s Office
- David Yellen – Dean of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law and an expert in criminal sentencing
Monday, November 3, 2008
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor, 25 E. Pearson Street
Loyola University Chicago is holding this discussion because it is committed to expanding knowledge and awareness on important issues, such as the questions of ethics and fairness in our legal system.