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Chicago Area's Top Prosecutor Under Scrutiny Before Primary


The Chicago area's top prosecutor is on the defensive ahead of the March 15th primaries. 


Anita Alvarez faced questions long before she came under scrutiny for delaying charges against a white police officer in a black teen's death.

Critics say Alvarez resisted to overturning wrongful convictions in a county with a troubled history.

Others say she was behind in finding alternative ways of prosecuting and sentencing low-level offenders as jails remained crowded.

Two Democratic primary challengers seized on those themes as Alvarez now fights for a third term as Cook County state's attorney.