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Before FLAUM, WOOD, and TINDER, Circuit Judges.

This is the second time this court has been asked to review the fall-out from Ronald Matrisciano’s testimony before the Illinois Prison Review Board (“PRB”) in support of inmate Harry Aleman’s petition for parole. See Matrisciano v. Randle, 569 F.3d 723 (7th Cir. 2009). Normally, employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections (“IDOC”) do not serve as advocates for inmates. But this is what happened in December 2002 when Matrisciano, an IDOC employee, appeared before the PRB on behalf of Aleman. The PRB voted overwhelmingly against Aleman, with PRB member Victor Brooks providing the sole vote in his favor. Because of Aleman’s notoriety, however, the media took an interest in the hearing and in Matrisciano’s role in it. See People v. Aleman, 729 N.E.2d 20 (Ill. App. Ct. 2000). In the wake of that publicity, the director of the IDOC, Donald N. Snyder, demoted Matrisciano and initiated an investigation into the parole incident. About three years later, Matrisciano and Brooks were indicted for official misconduct and wire fraud in connection with the Aleman hearing. Both were acquitted.

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