- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney for an Illinois man who maintains he was coerced into confessing to a 1982 double killing says his client should receive restitution for the 15 years he spent in prison.

A judge ordered Alstory Simon’s release Thursday in response to a re-examination of his case. That review was prompted by him recanting his admission of guilt.

The initial confession led to the release in 1999 of another man, Anthony Porter, who was on death row for the killings.

Attorney Terry Ekl told reporters after the hearing that Simon deserves restitution but doesn’t know if he will receive any.

Ekl repeated assertions that a private investigator coerced Simon into confessing through a series of threats and promises, including a movie deal and money. The investigator denies that.


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