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  • Quarantining Lawsuits

    This report revealed how the two major health care systems in Roanoke concealed wrongful death lawsuits against them, after they agreed to settle the claims of medical malpractice. To do this, the hospitals had the lawsuits dropped quietly in the court where they were filed. They then went to out-of-town courthouses to settle the cases, largely out of public view.
  • Mass. courts fail to shield juveniles in holding areas

    Since Sept. 2010, Massachusetts has been in violation of a federal law requiring courthouses to protect juveniles from being verbally abused or threatened by adult inmates in courthouse holding areas. This has resulted in annual penalties that slashed about $500,000 in grant money intended for at-risk youth and intervention programs in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system. It’s a problem that will cost $1.34 million to fix 11 “high priority” courts, as Massachusetts officials sought — and failed to receive — a waiver from those penalties from the Justice Department.
  • Courthouse Drug Scandal

    This is coverage of a courthouse drug scandal involving the death of one state judge due to cocaine toxicity and an FBI investigation that led to federal drugs and weapons charges against another sitting state judge who headed the County Drug Court.
  • Langford Connection to Bessemer Courthouse Lease

    County embroiled in controversy of courthouse lease. Investigation finds Mayor that was convicted in federal case built the building and created the controversial lease when he was a county commissioner.
  • Excessive Force on the Force

    KUSA obtains a videotape from a case involving excessive police force that had been hidden from the defendants themselves and it brings new light to the case.
  • Sovereign Citizens Stealing Houses

    The story investigated the criminal actions of anti-government extremists calling themselves sovereign citizens. Homes in foreclosure were being "stolen" by these suspects filing fake real estate paperwork at local courthouses.
  • Florida's Taj Mahal

    Despite a recession heavily impacting Florida's budget, some judges managed to slip $33.5 million into an unrelated bill to build an extravagant new courthouse known to many as Florida's "Taj Mahal."
  • Lost Paradise

    People who bought retirement or hunting property in north Arkansas learned too late that developer Wayne Watkins didn't record their sales at the county courthouse and that he used land he sold to them as collateral for $2.6 million in loans. When he defaulted, banks foreclosed. Because no legal record existed of the buyers' ownership interest, banks often sold the land again.
  • The People Under the Bridge

    Residency restrictions placed on sex offenders led to three people to be forced to live across the street from the Miami-Dade's felony courthouse underneath a bridge. By doing so, their probation officers could check on them every night during their state-mandated curfew.
  • Blocking The Courthouse Door

    "This book is about the decades-long attack on the civil justice system by large corporate entities looking to insulate themselves from lawsuits by average people who've been killed or injured, including by financial fraud. The book found ...most injured people never sue, and those who do find the process very difficult, with long odds."