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  • The Case of the Phantom Ballots

    A grand jury report revealed Miami-Dade County had thwarted an attempt by mysterious hackers to submit more than 2,500 absentee ballot requests online during the 2012 elections without voters' knowledge. Prosecutors said they couldn't find out who did it. The Miami Herald set out to prove otherwise. Our reporting led to an investigation and a conviction in the 2012 case -- and to two additional investigations and convictions for 2013 copycats.

    Tags: None

    By Patricia Mazzei

    Miami Herald

    2013

  • WTAE: Where is Pittsburgh's Mayor?

    After Pittsburgh's mayor came under scrutiny during a federal criminal grand jury probe into his administration, WTAE-TV investigative reporter Bofta Yimam requested Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's work calendar for a one-year period. The federal investigation led to the mayor's hand-picked police chief to plead guilty to conspiracy and fraud. Through the official calendar, we hoped to learn more about the mayor’s comings and goings during the period federal investigators are examining. The city, however, denied our request. Our series of ongoing reports showed the difficulty in accessing a public official's calendar in Pennsylvania and highlighted the need for transparency. Through the state's Right to Know law, we filed an appeal and won a decision with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Instead of turning over the records, however, the city Law Department filed a lawsuit against Yimam in the Court of Common Pleas. Now, taxpayers will pay for a court case to keep a calendar private, for a mayor who is under federal investigation and who chose not to run for re-election.

    Tags: foia; government; mayor; open records

    By Bofta Yimam; Brian Caldwell; Andy Cunningham

    WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh)

    2013

  • Deadly Patrols

    In spring 2012, a cellphone video surfaced of a man being savagely tasered and beaten to death by a group of Border Patrol agents in San Ysidro, California, in 2010. As the video made the rounds -- through YouTube, media broadcasts and finally to members of congress -- outrage mounted. Justice for Anastasio, people demanded. A few months later, a grand jury was convened, and 14 lawmakers including two U.S. representatives from San Diego sent a letter to the Department of Justice. As Rojas’ story gained traction, we questioned: Who else is out there with a similar story? We found 14 other boys and men who have died as a result of violent altercations with Border Patrol agents. Some incidents were also caught on video. Many were not. That was the start of Deadly Patrols.

    Tags: Border control;

    By Evelyn Larrubia; Melissa Del Bosque; Joanne Faryon; Roxana Popescu; Brad Racino; Lorie Hearn

    Investigative Newsource

    2012

  • Need to Know: Crossing the Line at the Border Parts 1 & 2

    Few, if any, pieces published or broadcast in 2012 had as much impact as “Crossing the Line at the Border,” a joint project of the weekly PBS newsmagazine, “Need to Know,” and the Nation Institute that was in the best tradition of American investigative journalism. Within days of its broadcast, 16 members of Congress demanded that the U.S. Justice Department investigate the killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year-old Mexican whose death at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents was detailed in our report. A few months later, a U.S. attorney in convened a federal grand jury. It is currently considering criminal charges in the case. And months after that, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the incident had prompted it to launch a full-scale review of its use of force. Hernandez Rojas had a fatal heart attack shortly after being subdued by agents, beaten, and shot with a Taser gun at the San Ysidro border crossing on May 28th, 2010. His death was largely ignored until the "Need to Know” team, in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, unearthed never-before-seen eyewitness video of the incident.

    Tags: U.S. Justice Department; border; killing; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Taser

    By John Larson; Brian Epstein; John Carlos Frey; Judith Starr Wolff; Alexandra Nikolchev; Esther Kaplan; Irene Francis; Brenda Breslauer; Scott Davis; Stephen Segaller; Neal Shapiro

    WNET-TV (New York)

    2012

  • Grand Jury System Questioned

    The story explores grand-jury selection under the "key-man" system, a method used throughout much of Texas whereby a judge-picked commission -- not random selection -- decides who sits on juries.

    Tags: grand jury; legal system; juries; judge

    By Lowell Brown; Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe; Dawn Cobb

    Denton Record-Chronicle

    2012

  • 60 Minutes: Armstrong

    "This story uncovers new evidence about accusations that have long haunted cyclist Lance Armstrong: that he was using performance enhancing drugs when he won the Tour de France. What was found was new information surrounding a federal grand jury that is now investigating whether Armstrong led a systematic doping program when he was captain of the U.S. team."

    Tags: Lance Armstrong; performance enhancing drugs; Tour de France; broadcast

    By Jeff Fager; Bill Owens; Claudia Weinstein; Michael Radutzky; Scott Pelley; Tanya Simon; Oriana Zill; Keith Sharman; Flora Tartakovsky; Rich Koppel; Tom F. McEneny; Blake Hottle; Sam Painter; David Mitlyng; Scott Osterman; Sabina Castelfranco; Katie Spikes

    CBS News 60 Minutes

    2011

  • Missing from the Bench

    WVUE tracked a local judge who was living hundreds of miles from her judicial bench. The series helped prompt a Federal Grand Jury investigation.

    Tags: judge; judicial system; court; justice; elected official;

    By Lee Zurik; Donny Pearce; Greg Phillips; Mikel Schaefer

    WVUE-TV (New Orleans)

    2010

  • "Deaths at the State Hospital"

    This ongoing investigation reveals major misconduct by the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, the largest public psychiatric hospital in the state. The investigative team exposed and detailed the deaths of four patients that resulted from the "mistakes, lack of training, incompetence and possible criminal neglect" carried out by hospital employees. The series also reveals the attempt of state human services officials to cover up the mistakes.

    Tags: mental health; patients; grand jury; DA; Pueblo; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; database; Pueblo State Hospital; Nexis-Lexis; 441.com; CoCourts.com; Colorado Bureau of Investigation

    By John Ferrugia; Jeff Harris; Arthur Kane; Tom Burke; Jason Foster; Brad Bogott

    KMGH-TV (Denver)

    2010

  • Justice Unserved: The Scott Saloman Investigation

    "Scott Salomon was a criminal lawyer who sought out high-profile clients and loved media attention. But I found more than 70 clients across the country who felt he took large, upfront retainers and then did little or nothing for them. Salomon caused many of them to face ruinous results - from loss of child visitations to loss of homes. Salomon would even try to leverage their dire circumstances to get even more money out of his clients.

    Tags: criminal law; Salomon; fraud; Florida; indictments; federal grand jury;

    By Jeff Burnside; Janal Montagna; Pedro Cancio, Ed Garcia

    WTVJ-TV (Miami)

    2008

  • Unprotected: An Investigation o Sacramento County's Child Protective Services

    A dozen years after the 1996 torture-death of one boy triggered major reforms within Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, -- and resulted in a quadrupling of the agency's budget and doubling of its staff -- many of the same problems persist in 2008. The Sacramento Bee found that, despite the massive increase in resources, numerous children continue to be injured or killed who had prior involvement with Sacramento's CPS. Among the problems detailed by The Bee: inadequate supervision and training, sloppy investigations, poor evaluation of children's risk, lack of accountability for serious mistakes. In its follow-up stories, which prompted a grand jury investigation, The Bee used a new state law related to child deaths to push CPS to release case files and found it had illegally altered the records of one boy who died in their care.

    Tags: child protective services; county government; torture; child welfare; government agency; government accountablity; child services

    By Marjie Lundstrom; Sam Stanton

    Sacramento Bee

    2008