Judge denies freed Illinois man certificate of innocence

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has denied a certificate of innocence to a man whose murder conviction was overturned.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County Judge Thomas Byrne made the ruling Thursday. The judge said Alstory Simon had shown his innocence, but had actively helped bring about his own conviction.

The judge on Thursday said Simon’s actions, including a public apology, gave credence to a “fiction” concocted by others to free Anthony Porter.

Simon’s videotaped confession led authorities to free Porter less than 48 hours before his scheduled execution in 1999.

Simon spent nearly 15 years in prison before he was cleared by prosecutors in October. He has sued Northwestern University and a professor he alleges conspired to frame him.

Simon’s attorney Terry Ekl says he will appeal Thursday’s ruling.