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  • Trading Away Justice

    Guilty pleas have become the go-to solution for the nation’s overburdened courts. They account for nine of every 10 convictions in the United States. But our near-total reliance on plea bargaining has created a parallel justice system -- one without the constitutional safeguards of trials, that operates largely in secret and with little oversight. Through case studies and data analysis, “Trading Away Justice” documents how even innocent defendants are being pressured into pleading guilty.
  • Unreasonable Doubt

    The Globe's team found that when accused drunk drivers waive their right to a jury trial and take their cases before a single judge, they are acquitted four out of five times- an astonishing statewide acquittal rate of 82 percent that is virtually unmatched in the United States. The Globe found that the acquittal rate by judges is 30 percentage points higher than the acquittal rate by juries.
  • Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice

    "An unprecedented examination of every Santa Clara County criminal jury trial decided on appeal over a five-year period, documenting that widespread errors and misconduct in the criminal justice system have been routinely tolerated, in the worst cases [resulting in] wrongful convictions of innocent people."
  • Every Contact Leaves a Trace

    "This book is an oral history that focuses on the realities of crime scene investigation, based on extensive interviews with eighty forensic experts throughout the U.S. The major finding was that the depictions of crime scene investigation in TV shows such as 'CSI' and its many off-shoots have created a set of expectations, on the part of the publi, jurors, and police, that has had the unintended effect of compromising both timely crime scene analysis and fair jury trials."
  • Gone Forever: A True Story of Marriage, Betrayal, and Murder

    Susan McFarland was reported missing in November, 2002. Her charred, decomposed body was found 53 days after her disappearance, and investigators suspected her husband Richard McFarland. He maintained his innocence as circumstantial evidence mounted, but finally admitted his guilt on the first day of jury selection. Author Diane Fanning examines the months leading up to the crime, and delves into information about Richard and the details of the police investigation.
  • Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice

    Reporter Fred Tulsky conducted an in-depth analysis of the justice system in Santa Clara County. His findings highlighted the inconsistencies, failures and corruption that led to the incarceration of several innocent people.
  • Timothy McVeigh

    Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was interviewed from prison during which he repeatedly expressed his anger toward the federal government. He did not proclaim his innocence, nor did he deny his conviction. Jurors were also questioned about whether McVeigh was given a fair trial. After the story, the federal Bureau of Prisons and members of Congress were angry that McVeigh was given such access to air his opinions and sought legislation to limit federal prisoners' interviewing privileges.
  • Life in the Balance; Is time running out on Pennsylvania's death row?

    The Tribune-Review examines Pennsylvania's capital punishment law, finding that there are a lot of problems with the law and the way it is applied; state court records show that the outcome of capital murder cases may be influenced by race, geography, and whether the accused opts for a jury trial or a trial by a judge.