Federal Criminal Justice Clinic

Erica Zunkel: Dissecting Adnan Syed’s Case on Serial

Breaking Down The Serial Podcast: Attorneys Dissect Adnan Syed’s Case
Legal Talk Network
February 13, 2015

On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams discuss Serial and the case it made famous with three attorneys: Director of Investigation for University of Virginia School of Law’s Innocence Project Clinic Deirdre Enright, featured on episodes 7 and 12 of Serial and currently working on Adnan’s appeal, Erica Zunkel from the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, and Markus Kypreos from the Fort Worth civil litigation firm Pennington Hill.

Faculty: 
Erica Zunkel

Alison Siegler on 'Highly Unusual' Mass Dismissals of Major Stash House Charges

Prosecutor Drops Toughest Charges in Chicago Stings That Used Fake Drugs
Erik Eckholm
The New York Times
February 3, 2015

“In my experience, it is highly unusual to see the en masse dismissals of the major charge in a big group of similar cases,” said Alison Siegler, the director of the federal criminal justice clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and a co-counsel in four of the cases.

In a partial retreat from drug prosecutions that spurred a national debate over possible entrapment and racial profiling, the federal prosecutor in Chicago has dropped the most serious charges against 27 defendants who were caught in so-called

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Gets Charges Dropped in Stash House Cases

Chicago Prosecutors Quietly Drop Charges Tied to Drug Stash House Stings
Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune
January 29, 2015

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have quietly dropped narcotics conspiracy charges against more than two dozen defendants accused of ripping off drug stash houses as part of controversial undercover stings that have sparked allegations across the country of entrapment and racial profiling.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

NY Times Features FCJC Case in Drug Sting Story

Lured to Stings by Fake Drugs and Facing Jail Time That's All Too Real
Erik Eckholm
The New York Times
November 20, 2014

The work of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic was highlighted in the Times's coverage of sting operations using fake drugs.

In a separate line of attack on the drug stings, defendants in Chicago and elsewhere have filed motions to require the bureau to provide data on the racial makeup of sting targets, and information on how the agency selects its targets.

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Wins Seventh Circuit Appeal

Law School
September 9, 2014

On Monday, September 8, the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and the Chicago Federal Defender’s office won a stash house appeal in the Seventh Circuit. This is the only still-standing appeal of a selective prosecution discovery issue since United States v. Armstrong, 517 U.S. 456 (1996), that the government hasn’t won.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

USA Today Cover Story on Federal Criminal Justice Clinic's Stash House Cases

July 24, 2014

USA Today's front-page story about race disparities in stash house cases discusses the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic's ongoing litigation in Chicago, quotes Clinical Professor Alison Siegler, and links to the clinic's Seventh Circuit brief.