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  • Cash Register Justice, Punishing the Poor

    The Columbus Dispatch engaged in a four-day computer-assisted series to document a modern-day debtor prison where cash weighs heavier than guilt in Ohio's largest municipal court system. Stories exposed a secret cash deal by prosecutors that allowed drunken drivers to keep convictions off their record by paying $1,000; false statistics that hid one of the lowest rates of domestic violence convictions nationally; interesting results with tracking of homeless among other issues.(Sept. 25 - 28, 1995)
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    Newsday reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had ruled on cases in which he had indirect financial interest while sitting on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The stories show that Breyer had an interest in a Lloyd's of London syndicate which was actively involved in court cases in the United States; as a result, the White House asked Breyer to provide them with all the documentation he had about his relationship with Lloyd's, June 24, July 10 - 16, Nov. 12, 1994.
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    Akron Beacon Journal reveals that an Ohio State Supreme Court justice often used racial slurs to both white and black employees of the court; after the justice first denied doing so, the newspaper followed the story as conclusive tapes surfaced, the justice was the target of an internal investigation and then acquited in a secret hearing, Feb. 6 - Dec. 30, 1993.
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    Pittsburgh (Penn.) Post-Gazette details the inner workings, hiring and finances of the state's Supreme Court, much of it conducted with no accountability or public report, Oct. 10 - 14, 1993.
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian reveals the extent to which California's Supreme Court has grown fatter and more powerful in the last six years; finds lavish 'meetings' held in restaurants and at far away resorts, Sept. 1, 1993.
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    The Detroit News profiles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and his impact on civil rights; looks at his legacy as a lawyer for the NAACP and his tenure on the court, Feb. 4, 1993. # MI Coleman Basheda Henderson Atkins
  • The Making of an Empire

    The Providence Sunday Journal (R.I.) profiles the state Supreme Court for the state of Rhode Island, and finds that the court's chief justice and the court's administrator preside over a system full of government waste, political patronage and extremely high salaries for its employees.
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    ABA Journal (Chicago) inquires into the legal battle posed by the case Lee v. Weisman, which questions the constitutionality of prayers and invocations at graduation ceremonies at a public school; the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity with this case to lower the wall seperating church and state.
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    Time magazine looks at the debate over the seperation of church and state in the United States and asks if the federal courts have gone too far; outlines recent U.S. Supreme Court cases on the subject, Dec. 9, 1991.
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    Washington Monthly looks at the rightward shift of the federal court system as a result of 12 years of Reagan and Bush administration appointments, the most complete makeover of the system since FDR; the U.S. Supreme Court gets most of the attention, but the lower courts make the lion's share of the decisions and law, July/August 1992.