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  • Canada vs. Vatican

    Le Point magazine compares the Catholic Church's official doctrine re: homosexuality and gay marriage to the realities of sexual abuse by Canadian priests, finding a blatant conflict between the Vatican's condemnation of gay marriage and its long-standing toleration of priests' child abuse. The article is in French, but the Resource Center has provided a basic translation in English.
  • Crackpot Crackdown

    Police and the DA in Jackson County, Texas, ran a series of drug busts for minor infractions. All of the suspects were African-Americans and were intimidated into pleading guilty rather than face much harsher sentences. The entire sting operation was based on the testimony of a single confidential police informant. Civil rights lawyers are now involved in trying to remedy some of the most flagrant miscarriages of justice.
  • Detroit's Terror Trial

    In 2003, three men in Detroit were tried on charges of terror-related crimes. They were all of Arab descent and had phony passports. After all three were convicted, reporters conducted an investigation of the trial and found that at least a hundred documents had been withheld from defense lawyers and the chief witness against the men was an international con-artist. The convictions were thrown out and the prosecutor was charged with misconduct.
  • City's Handling of Homeless is Challenged

    In a series of articles, Kohler and his colleague Tim O'Neill chronicle the city's attempts to use a municipal court order to round up homeless people and require them to clear streets of trash without actually charging them with any crime. After the first article, the city reversed its policy and eventually the court order was ruled unconstitutional by state and federal courts.
  • Police Force Under Surveillance

    The Bakersfield Californian goes beyond the legal mumbo jumbo to find out what really goes on in the force. Reporters talk to former and current officers and members of the community to contribute to their article. The result is an unbiased, honest review of what role racism plays in the Bakersfield Police Department.
  • Blue Mob

    This investigative story is a narrative as told by an eccentric civil rights lawyer. It started off as a regular coverage of a rally protesting police brutality. As it turned out the reporter learned about the incidents of police brutality in a small town of Warren, OH. On pursuing this lead the reporter found that people who were arrested in this town were not only beaten up but that their families were afraid to talk and feared more police harassment.
  • Abuses of Immigrant Detainees

    This story explored the plight of immigrants detained in two New Jersey jails over the two year period from 2002-2004. An investigation into U.S. prison abuse abroad led to information on similar prison abuse in the U.S. Five former inmates of the Passaic County jail were interviewed and all of them detailed the same type of treatment at the hands of the guards including physical abuse and being threatened with attack dogs. As a result of this broadcast, the Department of Homeland Security immediately revised government policies and announced their own investigation into these claims of abuse.
  • Unbalanced Taxes

    This five-article analysis of tax bills and assessments across New Jersey found a loosely regulated, unevenly enforced system allowing municipalities to calculate property tax bills using property assessments that in some cases are decades old. This article explores the implications of the problem and offers possible ways to reform the system. The series also exposes an inequality in the cost of property taxes in white and black neighborhoods. The cause of this imbalance are outdated tax rolls which may be in violation of federal civil rights laws. This tax discrimination can overcharge some homeowners anywhere from $400 to $1,400 per year. The series includes several graphics to illustrate the assessment and tax disparities in many New Jersey towns.
  • The Long Road to Clemency

    Florida bans more ex-felons from recovering their civil rights, including the right to vote, than any other state. Almost half a million people are caught up in the state's error-ridden system to restore civil rights. Since Jeb Bush took office, the system has slowed to a crawl; it could take decades to clear the backlog of cases. In Bush's six years as governor more than 200,000 applicants, many of them non-violent ex-felons, have been blocked from voting again. The issue took on particular significance in the 2000 presidential election when George W. Bush won the state of Florida by only 537 votes. Included are two follow-ups that cover prominent Florida Republicans taking the lead in asking Governor Bush to automatically grant clemency to ex-felons.
  • A Different Kind of Divide

    LaFleur takes the 50 year anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in schools to show that though things are no longer black and white, Latinos in Texas are generally concentrated in their own schools. She finds that Latino segregation nationwide has increased since the 1960s.