Northwestern University journalism professor David Protess, embroiled in a controversy with the university and the county state’s attorney’s office, says he’ll take leave from the school for spring quarter and launch an independent non-profit to investigate criminal justice issues.

NU announced a few weeks ago that it was removing Protess from teaching a spring quarter investigative reporting class amid the dispute over whether students may have crossed ethical boundaries in investigating wrongful conviction cases.

Investigations by students in the Medill Innocence Project run by Protess have led to the freeing of 12 innocent men from prison, including five from death row.

More on the story from the Daily Northwestern and Chicago Breaking News.

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