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  • Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't

    The book revisits the murder conviction of Jo Ann Parks, sentenced to life in prison without parole for allegedly murdering her three young children in 1989by setting fire to her home and trapping them inside. In re-investigating the case, the author found flawed forensic science, false and contradictory testimony, and strong evidence of cognitive bias throughout the case, including use of an unreliable informant who later recanted, and sworn expert testimony that the fire began because Parks supposedly constructed a crude “incendiary device” by deliberately overloading a sabotaged electrical extension cord. Testing later proved the cord did not and could not start a fire. Information in the book has since been added to Parks’ existing habeas corpus petition filed by the California Innocence Project, now being considered by the state Supreme Court. Additional findings suggests the problems with flawed forensic science and cognitive bias in general, and in arson investigation in particular, is widespread and has led to other wrongful convictions. Correcting the use of flawed forensic and expert testimony is hindered by the legal system’s reliance on precedent, which slows and sometimes prevents the correction of scientifically dubious ideas used to win convictions. Nascent attempts to study and change this tendency to prolong the use of flawed forensic science initiated by the Obama Administration have been shut down by the Trump Administration.
  • Sex and sabotage

    Through an extensive use of Oklahoma's Open Records Act, the Journal Record obtained emails, text messages and records of telephone calls that told how two Department of Environmental Quality staff members conspired with a state legislator to torpedo the agency's funding. The records show the lawmaker was romantically entangled with one agency official and also showed the agency's executive director sexually harassed other agency employees and promoted employees who were not qualified.
  • Fatal Flight - The Mystery at Marlboro Airport

    Seven years after a seemingly accidental private airplane crash, the Asbury Park Press found evidence that forced the reopening of the federal investigation. The original NTSB investigation of a fatal 1998 plane crash in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, determined that the accident was caused by a bird strike, but the Asbury Park Press consulted experts who determined that sabotage was the most likely cause. The pilot, who died in the crash, had previously testified in a lawsuit that he suspected his planes were being sabotaged. A disputed land deal involving the township's airport provided a motive for murder.
  • The Killing Fields

    In fuel-rich Nigeria, the people and the environment pay for the harvest of gas and oil. Of the most deadly consequences are explosions brought on by leaking gas pipelines, sometimes sabotaged by Nigerians looking for gas to sell on the black market. Oil spills have also devastated certain communities with their polluted aftermath.
  • Crimes in the Name of the Environment

    This ten-month investigation into "eco-terrorism" reveals millions of dollars in damage and threats to human life in the American West resulting from two decades of extremist acts ostensibly committed in the name of saving the environment. The report establishes a correlation between environmentalists and animal rights activists, previously considered two separate camps.
  • The Souring of the Good Reverend's Nature

    Outside investigates acts of ecoterrorism in Peace County, Alberta, Canada. Gas and oil wells have been sabotaged, and some residents suspect the Rev. Wiebo Ludwig, who lives with his family in a 320-acre compound. Ludwig has been trying to publicize the environmental problems energy companies are causing in Peace County.
  • Airport Security - Behind the Scenes

    WCPO's investigation "uncovered major holes in airport security, behind the scenes where the public can't see. (It) found a Delta subcontractor called Intex Aviation, employing hundreds of people in high security jobs at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, DID NOT always do the required background checks.... (The undercover) investigation revealed that almost anyone could be hired, and once hired, it would be possible to sabotage a plane."
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    The stories focus on a rare incident of nuclear plant sabotage. They also deal with the impact of downsizing at nuclear plants on performance, in this case at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, which is owned by Florida Power & Light -- one of the nation's largest utilities. (Aug. 15 - Sept. 9, 1996)
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    This New Times story examines the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures and its negligence in regulating business. The story claims that through neglect, political sabotage or a convenient combination of the two, the department is unwilling to exercise what little authority it has. (November 10 - 16, 1994)
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    In These Times reports on the trial of the ``Arizona Five,'' Earth First! founder Dave Foreman and four other environmental activists on charges of an alleged conspiracy to sabotage nuclear facilities in three western states; looks at the tactics of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice and their questionable efforts and tactics to build a case against the activists and then prosecute them; compares the government's tactics to the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover, Sept. 18, 1991.