In an effort to protect the innocently accused, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim created the Case Review Panel. The Case Review Panel is comprised of volunteer attorneys not employed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The Case Review Panel was implemented as an effort to address the issue of wrongful convictions. No prosecutor wants to see a person wrongfully convicted. State's Attorney Nerheim, along with all assistant state's attorneys, are interested in seeking justice. The attorneys strive to ensure justice for victims and their families, while at the same time protecting the rights of the defendants.
The independent Case Review Panel is supplemented by an in-house Conviction Integrity Unit comprised of senior-level staff.