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  • Incredible Cops

    This three-part series -- part of WNYC's ongoing NYPD Bruised project -- examined how often NYPD officers lie, what the department does about it and the overall impact on the criminal justice system. WNYC identified more than 120 officers with a documented credibility issue in the past decade. Many stayed on the street where they continued to make arrests. Their word -- in sworn statements -- put people in prison. Defendants often never learn if the officer accusing them of a crime has a history of lying despite a constitutional right to such information. WNYC also found the NYPD and prosecutors have failed to make simple fixes to address the problem. As part of the series, WNYC produced a first-of-its-kind map and chart showing the laws and court precedents governing disclosure of police disciplinary records in all 50 states. http://www.wnyc.org/story/police-misconduct-records/
  • Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden

    The first reporting from NBC News based on Snowden’s documents to be broadcast and published by a U.S. network, was the spark for an exclusive primetime special called “Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden,” hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Snowden said that it was a combination of the Investigative Unit’s work and Williams’ credibility and national audience that led him to agree to the much-sought interview. “Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden” was an extraordinary television moment and an important public service. The hour-long special was the first-ever U.S. TV interview with the exiled intelligence analyst whose disclosures about government surveillance have sparked sweeping changes to U.S. policy and transformed the debate about the balance between personal privacy and national security.
  • The Real CSI

    Evidence collected at crime scenes—everything from fingerprints to bite marks—is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the guilty behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world, it’s not so cut-and-dried. A joint investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley examines the reliability of the science behind forensics in The Real CSI. From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony to the credentialing of forensic experts, “The Real CSI” documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice. The investigation follows a landmark study by the National Academy of Sciences that called into question the tenets of forensic science. For the first time, Harry T. Edwards, a senior federal appellate court judge and co-chairman of the report, sits for an interview to discuss what the report means. And, FRONTLINE examines one of the most high-profile terrorist investigations since 9/11: the case of Brandon Mayfield, an attorney who was wrongfully identified and arrested as a suspect in the Madrid commuter train bombings after the FBI erroneously matched his fingerprint to a partial print found at the scene. In “The Real CSI,” FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman finds serious flaws in some of the best known tools of forensic science, wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom and no system in place for establishing the credibility of so-called “forensic experts” whose testimony can lead to a conviction.
  • Des Moines Register Reader's Watchdog

    The Des Moines Register Reader's Watchdog column that takes on issues faced by individual Iowans who are at wits’ end and can't get answers from public officials, businesses and the justice system. Watchdog reporter Lee Rood's job is to give voice to readers who present important issues, to investigate all sides of those issues and to seek solutions that eluded others. This is a unique effort that both engages readers and values traditional watchdog reporting. At a time when journalists are seeking to remain relevant, build credibility and engage readers, she has launched this initiative that focuses not on the stories that she thinks are important, but on issues that are critical to our readers. In the past year, she wrote more than 60 columns, digging into watchdog issue brought to her by Iowans. Her work has put a new spotlight on wrongs that needed righting. Her work has led state lawmakers to propose legislation that requires Iowans to call 911 if they are present at the scene of an overdose. She has prodded the state attorney general's office to develop a plan to enforce laws that require companies to have worker's compensation insurance. She has fought through red tape for readers who didn't have someone in their corner to do so. Lee Rood's bold move to launch a new form of watchdog journalism for the Des Moines Register has made Iowans' lives better. Online, this body of work lives at DesMoinesRegister.com/ReadersWatchdog.
  • Did these women molest two girls?

    The series examines the evidence presented at the trials that convicted four women of sexually assaulting two girls in the 1990s. The story documents the lapses in police work, the flawed credibility of the accusers, a prosecutor's exploitation of anti-gay stereotypes and more.
  • Deadly Standoff

    Using Freedom of Information Act, investigative reporters at WOOD-TV went through hundreds of pages of police reports, video tapes, photographs and transcripts about the deaths of a Michigan State Police officer and the suspect during a standoff and manhunt in 2003. From this investigation, police mistakes, cover-ups were revealed and the credibility of police officials and police statements were questioned.
  • Bad Sourcing; Chalabi: A Questionable Use of U.S. Funding; A Double Game; Our Con Man in Iraq; Chalabi: and the Questions Keep Coming...; The Hunt for the Iranians' Informer; Forget the 'Poisons and Deadly Gases'; Rewriting History

    This series about prewar intelligence in Iraq was the first to uncover doubts that the Bush administration and the CIA may have had about all of the Iraqi defectors, as mentioned in Secretary of State Colin Powell's Feb. 2003 speech. The series questions a number of different intelligence sources, including Ahmad Chalabi, and investigates their credibility and unauthorized use of U.S. funding.
  • Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception

    This report by the New York Times unveils the lies and embellished stories written by one of its own staff reporters, Jayson Blair. In the now-infamous story, Blair admitted to falsifying information from sources, making up quotes from people he never interviewed, and even inventing sources. The paper says that Blair's acts of "journalistic fraud" jepardized the credibility of the entire news organization.
  • Experts: Jurors erred in murder case

    An investigative reporting class in Alaska was working on a project about the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Students were interviewing jurors from the case when one juror mentioned an experiment they had run during the trial. The jury left the courtroom without authorization to conduct a street experiment intended to test the credibility of the state's key witness. The class's report resulted in new trials for the two men convicted.
  • Dallas' Chief Problem; Ticket to Ride

    The growing concern about the Dallas Police Department in early 2003 prompted reporters of the Dallas Observer to investigate the working of the department. Two prominent issues came up as part of this investigation : the first was working of the police chief and his chain of command and the second was to find out why the credibility of the department was questionable.