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  • Silenced: 1.5 Million Florida Felons Without a Vote

    “Silenced: 1.5 Million Florida Felons Without a Vote” is a television news special that raised awareness about the large amount of the state’s population that is ineligible to vote due to a prior felony conviction. The news special outlined the subjectivity in current way in which Florida restores felon’s voting rights, highlighted a proposed state amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to most Florida felons, and featured prospective voters discussing the issue after watching the special as a group.
  • Investigation of charter school operator

    For years, Dr. Michael Sharpe was among the most prominent charter school leaders in Connecticut, collecting millions of dollars from lawmakers eager to embrace school reform, and harboring big plans to expand his already growing empire beyond the state’s borders. Today, that empire has collapsed, following deep and aggressive reporting by a team of Hartford Courant reporters who revealed that Sharpe had a felony conviction for financial fraud, had no doctoral degree despite calling himself “Dr.,” had misused state grant money and had turned his Jumoke Academy charter school into a den of nepotism and financial conflicts of interest. As the stories unfolded, Sharpe and his entire leadership team were forced out, and investigations were launched by the state Department of Education and the FBI, which is currently presenting evidence to a federal grand jury.
  • Mayor Under Fire: The Fall of Filner

    In the summer of 2013 ten term congressman and newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner embarked on a self destructive rampage. His political career would end and personal life would forever be altered after several scandals directly exposed by our team. The scandals ranged from Filner sexually harassing women under his charge to betraying his oath to uphold the ethical and legal responsibilities of the office to which he was elected. This entry highlights the key stories exposed by our team, all of which led to his resignation, felony conviction or the recovery of public funds.
  • Striking Differences

    This team of reporters spent two years gathering and analyzing jury data from felony court trials to see if racial discrimination still played a key role in jury selection. The investigation found that prosecutors tend to reject African-American jurors, while defense attorneys tended to retain them. Consequently, the number of African-Americans serving on juries in Dallas more or less mirrored the breakdown of the population.
  • Food for the Taking; Food bank practices more loose than first disclosed; The hunger market

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated the San Diego Food Bank, the only major charity distributing donations of the America's Second Harvest network in the region. Although hunger was at an all-time high, the food bank tolerated widespread theft of tons of donations over many years. Many of the stolen goods were sold at swap meets and in discount stores around San Diego County, and hundreds of tons a year were shipped into Mexico. The reports also explored the nutritional value of donations; much of it is not edible and some food that is distributed lacks nutritional value. America's Second Harvest, the national food-distribution network, has done little to reform its San Diego affiliate. The investigation also found that the top five participants in the food bank's Charitable Food Distribution Program are charities run by people whose backgrounds include a felony conviction, bankruptcy, court orders for child support and multiple lawsuits. The last story explored the national charity's strong-arm tactics used to secure donations from corporations.
  • Serial Tiller

    A con man with 27 felony convictions decided to shift his act over to fleecing prisoners and their families. John Gary Tiller previously took advantage of banks and small businesses but when he formed the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team he found a con that would get little criticism. The CRLDT was a law firm that advertised help for inmates and their families in fighting for their release. Once the families or prisoners paid money upfront Tiller's law firm would disappear or perform very little work. As a law firm it was a sham anyway since Tiller did not hold a law degree. Only one member of the CRLDT actually was a lawyer and he was disbarred. Tiller got away with all of it. Fleecing businessmen was illegal but taking advantage of inmates was not as big a deal.
  • Police Bid - Rigging

    This report on the felony conviction of a former police officer for organized fraud is the culmination of a 1997 investigation into bid-rigging at a Central Florida police department. Reporters found a police chief allowed his most-trusted employee to resign quietly, rather than face an internal investigation, even though there was evidence of ethical lapses. He was steering tens of thousands of dollars in computer puchases to a company run out of his home, ostensibly by his wife.
  • Funnel of Justice

    A Los Angeles Times computer-assisted investigation found that "although state law says a felony is punishable by a term in state prison, only one of 10 adult felony arrestees whose cases are submitted to Orange County prosecutors actually end up there." It also found that Orange County police and prosecutors ranked among the poorest in the state for securing felony convictions.
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    Bloomberg Business News reveals fraud at a tiny Dallas cable television network; finds private stock transactions, financing deals, legal judgments, bankruptcy proceedings and felony convictions all unkown to company stockholders, Aug. 27 - Oct. 13, 1993.
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    Ann Arbor News reports that obscure Michigan law allows people to have felony convictions expunged from their record, and is used to erase records for crimes such as rape, forgery, assault, drug charges and spouse abuse by people who can afford attorneys who know how to exploit the law, July 21 - 22, 1991.