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  • Failed Justice: Investigations in Minnesota

    An MPR News investigation of an obscure murder case in rural Minnesota revealed shoddy work and incorrect testimony by the state's most prominent medical examiner, who has testified at more than 100 murder trials over the past three decades.
  • Finger prints

    For almost a century, fingerprint evidence has been a revered cornerstone of the American criminal justice system. But that may soon change. Last fall, in a Baltimore murder case, a judge ruled that fingerprint analysis is not reliable, which shocked lawyers across the country and could possibly put thousands of criminal investigations in jeopardy. CBS News spent months researching the use of fingerprints in murder trials as well as assessing the future of fingerprint evidence.
  • 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.
  • Queer on Death Row

    The Village Voice looks at how sexual orientation can - and often does - sway a jury's verdict. "No one knows how often gayness is raised by prosecutors as a snide implication, an unfounded assertion, or a fact that may or may not be relevant to the case. But it comes up with such frequency and in such predictable ways that the allegations of antigay bias cannot be dismissed."
  • Case Closed

    CBS News 60 MINUTES reports that "... In one of the most controversial baby murder trials of this century, British nanny Louise Woodward was convicted of shaking to death a baby under her care. It was an outcome that greatly unsettled the medical community. How could distinguished medical experts on both sides differ so much on how the baby actually died? ... 60 MINUTES decided... to reexamine the forensic evidence with the help of one of the nation's top medical experts -- an independent pediatric neuropathologist.... (and) reached the shocking conclusion that both the prosecution and defense had failed to correctly diagnose the cause of death, while failing to detect many serious injuries inflicted upon the baby..."
  • Dealing with the Devil

    The Denver Westward looks at four murder trials and two death penalty hearings for the men accused of raping, torturing and murdering a 14-year-old girl who lived in the Denver area. The six-part series "demonstrates in terms both graphic and heart-breaking the effect of violence -- not just on the victims and the perpetrators but on their families and those who work within the criminal justice system."
  • Inside the Admissions Game

    Newsweek looks at who holds the keys to elite schools like the University of Chicago? How do they choose? In an age when jurors scurry from murder trials to explain their verdicts on CNN, few deliberations remain secret. But what happens behind the door of the college-admissions office each year is still a dark mystery to 2.5 million applicants and their jittery retinues of parents, teachers and counselors. During the past year, the University of Chicago permitted Newsweek to watch what goes on behind the wizard's curtain.