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CHICAGO (AP) — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.
The US government Thursday backed calls by the family of a Washington Post journalist held in Iran without charge that Iranian authorities should free him. Jason Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen who is the newspaper's Iran correspondent, was arrested at his home in Tehran on July 22, but the allegations against him have never been officially disclosed. An open letter signed by his mother and brother, published on the Post's website, said: "If Iran has any evidence against Jason then why have we not heard of it?" "If, after 100 days, Iran's professionally trained and liberally employed interrogators have found evidence against Jason then why has he not been charged and permitted to employ an attorney and defend himself?