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Northwestern journalism professor David Protess pulled from class

A Northwestern University journalism professor whose students are credited with helping to free more than 10 innocent men from prison has been pulled from the class that made him famous.

David Protess says he was notified by email Monday that he wouldn’t be teaching the investigative journalism course for the upcoming quarter.

Protess will continue as director of the Medill Innocence Project, but he says he doesn’t know whether the project will continue to be affiliated with the class.

Investigative journalism students usually conduct the project’s investigations.

Cook County prosecutors have subpoenaed the notes and grades of Protess’ students in connection with their investigation into an alleged wrongful conviction. And the university has been investigating Protess and the Innocence Project over allegations of ethics violations.



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