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  • Crisis in the Catholic Church

    "The topic was the extraordinary number of Catholic priests who abused minors, and the decades-long effort by the bishops and cardinals to cover up the crimes. Priests who molested minors were most often moved from one parish to another when complaints were made, and sometimes shuffled off to other dioceses. Church leaders successfully warded off legislative efforts over the years to require clergy to report evidence of sexual abuse to the authorities. And when victims in large numbers hired lawyers in the 1990s to press claims, the Church made secret settlements to keep the lawyers from ever filing public lawsuits and prevent the victims from ever speaking out about their abuse. In the Boston archdiocese alone, files on 83 priests who molested children became public in 2002. Files on another 28 priests are being readied for public filing."
  • Faulty Batteries in Smart Bombs

    CBS reports that batteries produced by Eagle Picher Technologies of Joplin, Mo., for smart bombs used in major weapons have failed acceptance tests. Battery failure has occurred in smart bombs used in Afghanistan, which resulted in killing civilians, as well in the nation's nuclear arsenal. "In addition, employees charge that Eagle Picher falsified tests to cover up the bad batteries and send them to contractors," according to the contest entry summary.
  • Police Misconduct in Philadelphia

    Through conversations with off-duty police officers and others willing to talk, the staff of the Inquirer discovered that in 1998 a Philadelphia Police chief of Homicide drove drunk, crashed his car, and went along with a cover up instituted by another officer. Captain James Brady was found by a patrol officer after an evening of drinking, having already crashed his car into another vehicle. When Lieutenant Joseph DiLacqua came to the scene he ordered two patrol officers to find out what Brady had hit, and later ordered one to make it appear as if Brady crashed into a pillar. The cover-up was eventually discovered by an internal investigation, but the officers only received the minimum punishment of a 20 day suspension without pay. After the Inquirer's story Brady was transferred to a night command, the commissioner changed disciplinary policy for top officers, and the district attorney began an investigation to see if criminal charges should be filed.
  • The Hole Truth

    Using computer-assisted reporting skills and old-fashioned surveillance, KTRK-TV's investigative unit was able to prove that the city of Houston was not fixing its streets fast enough, despite city officials claims to the contrary. While the city claimed it was fixing more than 660,000 potholes in a year, they only had 9 pothole repair trucks. In some cases KTRK-TV's surveillance teams discovered city workers dumping piles of asphalt on small dead-end streets to cover up the city's problems. Because of the investigation City Hall began its own examination of the problem, and 10 employees have been suspended or transferred.
  • Columbine Series: Lights, Camera...No Comment; Chronology of a Big Fat Lie, The Do-Nothing Defense; Unhappy Returns; Back to School; More Whoppers From Jeffco; I'm Full of Hate and I Love It; Shocking the Conscience

    Prendergast reports on the "aftermath of the Columbine school shootings, particularly the missteps by law enforcement officials." The series features the "first publication of pages from gunman's Eric Harris' diary, which police investigators have kept hidden for two years, showing that Harris had composed a detailed plan of the attack...." County officials not only concealed and destroyed investigative records, but also fabricated false statements in order to cover up the prior warnings that police had on the shooting plot, Westword reports. Some of the documents that contradicted the first official version have been exposed through the process of public records litigation.
  • Miami Cops

    A Miami Daily Business Review two-year investigation into police criminality reveals "a deadly scandal at the Miami Police Department." The stories document "flaws and bias in the local system used to investigate police shootings." The series started in 2000 with investigation of the death of a 72-year old widower who was machine-gunned by police during a ferocious 1996 drug raid, and of the following $2.5-million settlement of the lawsuit brought by the victim's family. In a federal investigation, Miami officers involved in the shooting were later accused of "conspiracy, lying and fabricating evidence to cover up misconduct," the Review reports. The series also examines "Miami's costly litigation experience over the last decade defending claims of brutality and lawlessness by police."
  • Soft on Crime Fighters

    Crogan investigates the case of L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos, who is suing his supervisors and former D.A. Gil Garcetti in federal court "claiming they retaliated against him after he alleged that L.A. County Sheriff's deputies made up information to obtain a search warrant in an auto-parts theft case." Ceballos goes on the say that there is a "historical custom and practice in the D.A.'s office to protect and cover up police officer who engage in misconduct." The suit stems from a 1999 incident in which a defense attorney alleged that several sheriff's deputies lied on a search warrant affidavit in the auto-parts case which they subsequently discovered narcotics. Trouble began for Ceballos after he investigated the incident further and took his information to his supervisors. Ceballos claims his supervisors neglected his investigation and "kowtowed" to the department's fear of civil litigation. Ceballos' supervisors maintain they did nothing unethical or illegal and that Ceballos was upset over a missed promotion.
  • Waco Re-examined

    The Dallas Morning News reports "a continuing examination of the conduct of government agents during and after the 1993 Branch Davidian siege near Waco, Texas. The News' continuing work on Waco has revealed significant omissions and inaccuracies in the official account of the deadliest tragedy in U.S. law enforcement history. The News' stories have prompted the appointment of a special counsel, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, to investigate government actions during the standoff. The News' stories have also led to new investigations of the Waco incident by both houses of Congress..."
  • Questionable Operators

    The Leader-Telegram "dug into the backgrounds of two questionable doctors in high-profile specialties who transplanted to Eau Claire (Wis.) late in their careers. What they found rocked the regional health-care industry and shocked the conscience of the community.... (One doctor) had reached an illegal, secret deal with hospital officials in California to cover up his suspect medical record and allow him to practice in Wisconsin... (The other doctor) had been the target of more than twice as many malpractice claims as any other neurosurgeon in Wisconsin since moving his practice..."
  • License to Kill

    The Seattle Weekly reports "Belated revelations of a $10,000 crime-scene theft by veteran (Seattle Police Department) homicide detective led to a closer, critical examination of the department. We discovered further allegations of crimes by cops, turmoil within a department stemming from a politically correct chief, similar problems at the county and state level..."