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  • Did Texas Prison Guards Drive Marinda Griggs to Kill Herself?

    This is a story focusing on criminal justice, and attempts by defense lawyers to better devise protections for the most vulnerable. And they believe that because of changing law – namely the Texas adoption of its Tort Claims Act – that now the misdeeds of public institutions and their employees will not go unchallenged.
  • When lies lead to wrongful convictions

    The story follows the case of Sammy Hadaway, a 38-year-old Milwaukee man who suffers from brain damage, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In 1996, Hadaway testified against his friend Chaunte Ott in a high-profile murder case, claiming that both had played a part in Jessica Payne’s death. Due in large part to Hadaway’s testimony, Ott was convicted of the murder and was sentenced to a lifelong prison term. Hadaway was convicted of a lesser charge in exchange for his cooperation.
  • Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program

    The Winston-Salem Journal investigates the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, a state sterilization program that sterilized more than 7,600 residents from 1929 to 1974. The board "operated under the principle that some human suffering could be eliminated by allowing sterilization for three reasons -- epilepsy, sickness and feeblemindedness" -- but before it was officially disbanded, the board "veered far off it's original path with little public scrutiny and virtually no official oversight." The Winston-Salem Journal investigation found that "North Carolina continued -- and even expanded -- its sterilization program long after most other states backed away from the idea that mental illness, genetic defects and social ills could be eliminated by sterilizing the 'unfit.' ... In the later years, the program increasingly targeted unwed mothers, especially black women and girls. By the 1960s, more than 60 percent of those sterilized were black although the state's black population was 25 percent."
  • Playing with Fire

    This article takes an in-depth look into Life Christian Center, a nondenominational Christian-based religious group. Batz focuses on one person in particular, Chris Hummel, a man who had epilepsy and who stopped taking his medicine when he began attending Life Christian Center. Hummel was killed in a car accident when he had an epileptic seizure while driving. Several people believe Chris stopped taking his medicine at the advice of pastors from Life Christian Center.
  • One Mother's Son

    This article examines the life and death of Neil Raab, a man who "spent his life seeking clues to the mysteries of his troubled condition. But several months after his fiery death, his grieving family still has more questions than answers."