- Special prosecutor to look at alleged cold case misconduct
- Jack McCullough was falsely convicted in 2012, freed in 2016
- Perjury, hiding evidence among allegations linked to wrongful conviction
(CNN)A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into whether police and prosecutors in a small Illinois town engaged in misconduct to win a false conviction in one of the nation's coldest murder cases.
Maria Ridulph's murder went unsolved for half a century. Then detectives pursued a tip, and a man was brought to trial and convicted in the 1957 murder of the 7-year-old in Sycamore, Illinois. Now that man is free. Ann O'Neill's 2013 series on the case, "Taken," raised questions about whether the trial was unfairly one-sided.