The ongoing dispute between Northwestern University and journalism professor David Protess reached a new stage Wednesday with the school accusing Protess of lying and doctoring records.

Protess has been suspended by the school from his leadership of the Medill Innocence Project, an investigative reporting effort that has freed 12 innocent men from prison, including five from death row.

Protess responded by saying he is being scapegoated by the school and called its claims “blatantly false” and “malicious.”

The dispute grew out of claims by local prosecutors that students working for the project had crossed ethical boundaries in investigating the murder conviction of Anthony McKinney.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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