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August 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Convicted rapist Gary Dotson left prison Tuesday after serving six months for a parole violation, and his attorney said he deserves full clemency because high-tech tests prove his innocence. Dotson had served six years in prison when Cathleen Crowell Webb, now a New Hampshire homemaker, said she had lied when testifying that Dotson raped her in 1977 when she was a suburban Chicago teen-ager.
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April 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three former Illinois prosecutors and four sheriff's deputies went on trial Tuesday on charges that they railroaded an innocent man for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl. The seven defendants lied and fabricated evidence against Rolando Cruz, who spent nearly a decade on death row, special prosecutor William Kunkle told the jury in his opening statement. Legal experts said they cannot recall another trial in which prosecutors were charged with crimes for how they handled a case.
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SPORTS
July 21, 1987
Teddy Grubbs, former DePaul University basketball player, was ordered held on $20,000 bond Monday on a charge of attempted rape. Grubbs was charged with exposing himself to and attacking a 30-year-old woman who collects rent in his apartment building. Grubbs was a starter at DePaul in 1980-81 and 1981-82 but eventually quit school. Violence Court Associate Judge Michael Buckley Bolan set a preliminary hearing day of July 29.
NEWS
June 29, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then drove her body to her sister's house, where he killed three more people and raped another, Marseilles, Ill., police said. Charles Smith hanged himself after raping a 13-year-old girl, police said. Smith, 53, shot Cindy Benson, 34, in her hometown of Joliet, then drove her body 36 miles to a home in Marseilles, a town of 5,500 people located about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.
NEWS
January 28, 1997 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a familiar dance, the stuff of countless courtroom confrontations. On one side of the aisle, defense attorneys talk of "frame-ups" and "political motivation." On the other side, prosecutors invoke their "ethical duties" and "the wisdom of the jury." Each side argues, each advocates with passion. In the end, after all the appeals, one side wins and the other loses. Who had truth and honor in their corner remains unclear, if not irrelevant.
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April 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
A woman lived on peanuts and rainwater for eight days in the trunk of a car after being raped and slashed, police said Friday. "Honestly, it's a tribute to a person's will to survive," Sgt. Larry Zumbrock said. The 37-year-old woman finally freed herself in this Chicago suburb on Thursday by prying open the lock with a part from the spare tire bracket, Zumbrock said. The woman was listed in fair condition Friday at Holy Family Hospital, spokeswoman Linda Melton said.
NEWS
June 29, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then drove her body to her sister's house, where he killed three more people and raped another, Marseilles, Ill., police said. Charles Smith hanged himself after raping a 13-year-old girl, police said. Smith, 53, shot Cindy Benson, 34, in her hometown of Joliet, then drove her body 36 miles to a home in Marseilles, a town of 5,500 people located about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.
NEWS
October 28, 1988 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Laura Trotman got into an empty elevator in the campus library the other night but, before the doors closed, a man walked on and accidentally brushed against her. She jumped. So did he. "He meant me no harm, but it was just my paranoia that made me do it and I guess that scared him," said Trotman, 21, a senior economics major here at the University of Illinois. Trotman has reason to be nervous.
NEWS
October 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Hundreds of University of Illinois students held a candlelight march and rally to protest a series of sexual attacks on campus. The rally Wednesday night was called to "raise the awareness" of students to a string of 13 sexual attacks since April by what police have labeled a serial rapist, officials said.
NEWS
July 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rolando Cruz was convicted twice and spent more than seven years on Death Row for a rape and murder another man admitted committing. His case became a cause; law school deans rallied to his side and a prosecutor resigned rather than "help execute an innocent man." The tangled case took a new turn Thursday when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a decision it made less than two years ago and granted Cruz a third trial.
NEWS
January 28, 1997 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a familiar dance, the stuff of countless courtroom confrontations. On one side of the aisle, defense attorneys talk of "frame-ups" and "political motivation." On the other side, prosecutors invoke their "ethical duties" and "the wisdom of the jury." Each side argues, each advocates with passion. In the end, after all the appeals, one side wins and the other loses. Who had truth and honor in their corner remains unclear, if not irrelevant.
NEWS
August 18, 1995 | From Associated Press
A former campaign worker for Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) on Thursday denied testimony by Reynolds' teen-age accuser that the three of them had sex. Sophia Green also said she had never even seen Reynolds and the teen-ager, Beverly Heard, together. Prosecutors responded with records showing that Reynolds paid Green's apartment rent for nearly a year and sent her $550 last August, the same month he was indicted.
NEWS
July 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rolando Cruz was convicted twice and spent more than seven years on Death Row for a rape and murder another man admitted committing. His case became a cause; law school deans rallied to his side and a prosecutor resigned rather than "help execute an innocent man." The tangled case took a new turn Thursday when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a decision it made less than two years ago and granted Cruz a third trial.
NEWS
April 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
A woman lived on peanuts and rainwater for eight days in the trunk of a car after being raped and slashed, police said Friday. "Honestly, it's a tribute to a person's will to survive," Sgt. Larry Zumbrock said. The 37-year-old woman finally freed herself in this Chicago suburb on Thursday by prying open the lock with a part from the spare tire bracket, Zumbrock said. The woman was listed in fair condition Friday at Holy Family Hospital, spokeswoman Linda Melton said.
NEWS
August 15, 1989 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Gary Dotson, sentenced to prison for 25-50 years for a kidnaping and rape that never happened, had his conviction overturned Monday and his name cleared more than four years after his accuser, Cathleen Crowell Webb, said she lied about the 1977 attack. Dotson's extraordinary legal nightmare came to an end in a 20-minute court hearing.
NEWS
October 28, 1988 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Laura Trotman got into an empty elevator in the campus library the other night but, before the doors closed, a man walked on and accidentally brushed against her. She jumped. So did he. "He meant me no harm, but it was just my paranoia that made me do it and I guess that scared him," said Trotman, 21, a senior economics major here at the University of Illinois. Trotman has reason to be nervous.
NEWS
December 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Gary Dotson, the convicted rapist drawn into the national spotlight in 1985 after his alleged victim recanted, will be freed from his latest jail stint in a "last-chance deal," authorities said Wednesday. Under the modified commutation order from Gov. James R. Thompson, Dotson will be released Saturday when he finishes serving a sentence for violating parole.
NEWS
April 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three former Illinois prosecutors and four sheriff's deputies went on trial Tuesday on charges that they railroaded an innocent man for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl. The seven defendants lied and fabricated evidence against Rolando Cruz, who spent nearly a decade on death row, special prosecutor William Kunkle told the jury in his opening statement. Legal experts said they cannot recall another trial in which prosecutors were charged with crimes for how they handled a case.
NEWS
October 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Hundreds of University of Illinois students held a candlelight march and rally to protest a series of sexual attacks on campus. The rally Wednesday night was called to "raise the awareness" of students to a string of 13 sexual attacks since April by what police have labeled a serial rapist, officials said.
NEWS
August 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Convicted rapist Gary Dotson left prison Tuesday after serving six months for a parole violation, and his attorney said he deserves full clemency because high-tech tests prove his innocence. Dotson had served six years in prison when Cathleen Crowell Webb, now a New Hampshire homemaker, said she had lied when testifying that Dotson raped her in 1977 when she was a suburban Chicago teen-ager.
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