- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The private investigator who got a man to confess to a 1982 double killing says he has no regrets after a Cook County judge ordered the man to be released.

Investigator Paul Ciolino (see-oh-LEE’-noh) notes that Alstory Simon didn’t just confess to him, but also admitted guilt to a TV reporter and his own lawyer.

Simon’s confession led to the release of a death row inmate imprisoned for the same crime. Simon later recanted and said the confession was coerced.

Ciolino said Thursday in an emailed statement that “no one should be in prison if the state did not meet its burden of proof.”

But Ciolino also still believes the man freed from death row, Anthony Porter, is innocent.



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