Anthony Dansberry

Wrongfully convicted, Dansberry’s fate may hinge on political climate

Anthony Dansberry has served nearly half of his life in prison for murder. The evidence against him was questionable, to say the least. His lawyers from the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University (CWC) say it was unreliable. Now his fate just might ride on something unpredictable: the gubernatorial election. Convicted in May 1996 and sentenced to 75 years on the basis of a dubious confession and contested eyewitness identification, Dansberry is awaiting a decision by Gov. Pat Quinn on his clemency petition at a time when Quinn’s future hinges on a reelection challenge by Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.