Right after being sworn in as the new Lake CountyÂ Stateâ€™s Attorney, Mike Nerheim announced he is creating an independent Case ReviewÂ 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 stateâ€™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. â€œIt 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,â€ he said at the announcement.
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