Crawford claims that Rimland was motivated by the desire to cash in on some of what he believed would be Porter's multi-million dollar payout from a civil case lodged against the state after his release. Porter ended up losing the case, and was never given any money.
Protess did not respond to a request to be interviewed for this story but told WLS-TV in a statement, "These are the same bogus claims that were twice brought before a criminal courts judge and the Illinois court of appeals -- and twice rejected. Having lost before every judge who has reviewed this matter, Alstory Simon's advocates are now reduced to file a bar complaint against an honorable lawyer who got Simon 37 years for a crime that had landed Anthony Porter on death row."
Regarding the allegations about the armed private investigators, Protess wrote, "Further, the brief passage about me is factually inaccurate. [The investigator] was not 'working' for me when he went to Milwaukee to interview Simon, and Simon's advocates incorrectly identified the other person who accompanied him."
Jim Grogan, Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel of the Illinois ARDC, declined to comment on the request for an investigation against Rimland and would only say that a response to the filing could be expected within a few days.