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  • Mercury News: Loss of Trust

    The San Jose Mercury News IRE contest entry "Loss of Trust" consists of an original two-part series published July 1 and July 2, 2012, and the series' remarkable aftermath. The series exposed the eye-popping fees charged by private professionals working as court-appointed conservators and trustees for dependent adults in Silicon Valley - exorbitant rates that together with attorneys' fees threaten to force their vulnerable clients onto government assistance to survive. Within days of publication, the Santa Clara County Superior Court launched an overhaul of its local rules, and state legislation was pledged for the coming year to rein in the abuses.
  • NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Capitol Hill Corruption

    This contest entry is a continuation of an investigation that began in 2003 to expose corruption in the Tennessee government. Williams and Staples discovered lawmakers were using campaign funds for personal expenses, many ethical breaches, and several million dollars worth of bribes.
  • Bad Deed

    This investigation followed a botched land auction by the El Paso Sheriff's Office. The story revealed that the sheriff auctioned off a parcel of land with a deed problem. The buyer lost $20,000 and was not compensated by the government.
  • The Plight of the White-Tie Worker

    This contest entry looks at the outrageous salaries of some of this country's top orchestra and symphony conductors and executives. In some cases, the conductors' salaries exceeded those of the organizations' nonprofit missions. In one example, Lorin Maazel, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, reported a $2,280,000 salary, despite the fact that the organization was facing a $2 million deficit.
  • Fake drugs, Real Lives

    WFAA-TV reports that nearly half of the cocaine seizures made by the Dallas police department in 2001 "contained little or no illegal drugs." According to the contest entry summary, "a key ingredient in nearly 20 alleged cocaine seizures -- totaling more than 680 pounds -- was gypsum, a main component of Sheetrock or billiard chalk." The investigation reveals that informants have admitted "to grinding up billiard chalk and planting it near unsuspecting individuals in order to receive police payments; the "fake drug" cases often ended up with the arrest of recent Mexican immigrants; and key witnesses, who also happened to be illegal immigrants, have been deported.
  • The prisoner and the politician

    WNBC-TV investigates corruption allegations involving Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). The report features an interview with convicted fundraiser David Chang, who said Torricelli has helped him with multi-million-dollar business deals in exchange for cash and gifts totalling more than $150,000. However, according to the contest entry summary, "Torricelli was never charged with any crime; the Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded him for accepting just a few illegal gifts."
  • Simon's business record less glowing than campaign suggests

    The AP reports on "the business record of Bill Simon, the Republican candidate for governor of California in 2002. Simon, an investor and venture capitalist, was campaigning against Gov. Gray Davis as a successful businessman and creator of jobs," according to the contest entry summary. The story finds that Simon's investments actually are "spectacular failures."
  • Dunning the dead in Brooklyn

    The Daily News reports on corruption in the Brooklyn Surrogate's Court. Specifically, according to the contest entry summary, judge "Michael Feinberg approved millions of dollars in undocumented and exorbitant legal fees to a private sector lawyer and longtime friend who had earlier got appointed to handle the estate of dead, interstate Brooklynites."
  • Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

    The Courier-Journal investigates inept administration and case backlog at the Bullitt County, Ky., court system. The series reveals that "more than 200 felony indictments ... either were never prosecuted or else were incompletely prosecuted between 1998 and 2000," according to the contest entry summary. The mishandling was due to clerks' errors and inept record-keeping.
  • Taking liberties

    Newsday details the changes made by the Bush administration in order to switch from prosecuting past terrorist attacks to preventing new ones. According to the contest entry summary, the most significant changes are transforming the immigration system into a law enforcement tool without the guarantee of a lawyer; broadening agencies' powers to investigate businessmen for allegedly funding terrorist activities; detaining people as terrorism suspects without filing charges against them. The series provides concrete examples.