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Ex-death row inmate details difficulties

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former death row inmate whose wrongful murder conviction helped spark the end of Illinois’ death penalty says life has been difficult on the outside, particularly recently.

Anthony Porter told the Chicago Sun-Times he’s angry about attorneys’ decision to re-examine the conviction of Alstory Simon. His confession in the 1982 killings of two people led to Porter’s release after he spent 16 years on death row.

Porter says he’s under stress from renewed questions about his innocence. He claims re-examining the case is conspiracy to ruin reputations, including of former Gov. George Ryan, who pardoned Porter.

Cook County State’s Attorney officials said last year that a letter from Simon’s attorneys outlined reasons that warranted another look. Officials didn’t return messages Sunday.

Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.

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