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  • Records Show New Jersey Police Knew of Racial Profiling in '96

    An investigation of internal audits of the New Jersey State Police reveal that those in senior level positions knew of the departments racial profiling as early as 1996. The state's former attorney general, Peter G. Verniero, vehemently denied claims that the department engaged in racial profiling until 1999. Verniero, who now serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court, monitored the state police as the attorney general.
  • God and Football

    In light of the decision in the Supreme Court case Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe, The New Yorker investigates the implications of prayer in high school football games in the highly religious town of Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Trial & Error: How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win

    A Chicago Tribune analysis of court records, appellate rulings and lawyer disciplinary records from across the nation revealed "prosecutors... have violated their oaths and the law, committing the worst kinds of deception in the most serious of cases." The newspaper's investigation found that "since a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling designed to curb misconduct by prosecutors, at least 381 defendants nationally have had a homicide conviction thrown out because prosecutors concealed evidence suggesting innocence or presented evidence they knew to be false."
  • Blind Justice (series of ten articles)

    A criminal ring of Puerto Rican policemen, dubbed "the Fabricators" by a previous El Vocero investigation (see story # 14384), finally were found guilty by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court of inventing cases and lying to investigators. The U.S. Justice Department admitted its role in covering up the corruption, but halted further investigations.
  • Rum Warriors

    The American Lawyer looks at the legal battle between French liquor producer Pernod Richard, S. A., and Bacardi & Company Limited over the rights to the Havana Club rum trademark.
  • Rescuing the San Joaquin

    The Fresno Bee reports that "Environmentalists say (the San Joaquin) is dying; a farming empire depends on it. Can we restore a river without devastating an economy? ... The federal government (60 years ago) dammed the state's second-longest river to save Valley farmers from economic ruin at the end of the Great Depression, an exchange of natural wonders for water that now supports a multibillion-dollar farming empire...Today the river appears poised to turn on the Valley it was engineered to sustain. The San Joaquin River has made the list of the nation's 10 most endangered rivers....The river needs a good flush to clean out pollutants and revive wildlife and habitat, but there isn't enough water to do that in most years. In past decades, water for farmland has been given priority over water for fish. That thinking started to change in 1988...."
  • Trouble in Paradise

    Long seen as one of Hawaii's great legacies, the Bishop Estate, one of the nation's largest charitable institutions, is again under fire for alleged mismanagement. The organization's trustees are being criticized in state newspaper articles and even sued on grounds of theft by Hawaii's attorney general.
  • The hidden power behind the Supreme Court.

    Justices give pivotal role to novice lawyers. Do young law clerks have too much control? Clerks say it's justices that call the shots. Corps of clerks lacking in diversity. High court clerks mostly white men. Justices, court-watchers concerned with clerks' clout.
  • Courting disorder in the schools

    The Public Interest, in light of the recent school shootings, investigates the legal relationship between the courts and the school systems. Starting in 1969, the Supreme Court has consistently given students more constitutional rights , which critics partially blame for rising misconduct and incivility in the classroom. They say disciplinary actions are not being taken because school officials fear lawsuits, thus, contributing to a sense of "do-as-you-please" attitude for the students.
  • The law clerks of the Supreme Court

    USA Today examined the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the law clerks chosen by the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Of the 428 law clerks selected by the current justices during their respective tenures, just 1.6% have been black; 1.2% Hispanic; 4.2% Asian. One quarter were female. USA looked at reasons behind this lack of diversity.