Illinois Prosecutor Starts Term Off Right by Creating Case Review Panel

Right after being sworn in as the new Lake County State’s Attorney, Mike Nerheim announced he is creating an independent Case Review panel. The panel, which will be appointed by Nerheim, will review criminal cases where there is a question of wrongful conviction and identify best practices for investigating and prosecuting criminal cases in the future.

Members of the all-volunteer Case Review Panel will be sworn in as special assistant state’s attorneys and meet quarterly. The panel will consist of a diverse group of people including a former Illinois assistant attorney general, a retired judge and a pastor.

Nerheim modeled his Case Review Panel on a similar program in North Carolina. “It is my hope that based on the future success of our work in Lake County, that this will be the impetus to institute similar solutions across Illinois,” he said at the announcement.

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