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  • Plagued By Fear

    Dr. Thomas Butler, a plague researcher who "had treated the Black Death's bloated victims in the Third World," was accused of stealing vials of the plague that disappeared from laboratories where he was doing research in the United States, setting off a federal investigation and a trial. Mangels tells Butler's story in seven parts, detailing lax lab security, the trial and Butler's attempt to rebuild his life.
  • Crime Reporting

    The collection of work includes a broad range of crime reporting angles, including: the impact on victims; the ramifications of crimes that sometimes escape public attention like robberies and stalking; how shoe leather police work can crack an international gambling and money laundering ring and bring a murder suspect who escaped to Mexico to trial in Austin for the first time in recent history.
  • Dangerous Remedy

    Robert Little of The (Baltimore) Sun reported that the U.S. Army has injected over 1000 soldiers wounded in Iraq with a medicine designed for hemophiliacs despite the fact that it is dangerous for people with normal blood. It can give them blood clots that could cause strokes and heart attacks. It costs $6000 per dose. Civilian doctors "have largely rejected it as a standard treatment for trauma patients." Army doctors say, in their experience, the drug saves lives by stopping hemorrhaging. Little says “Doctors in Iraq's emergency rooms, however, almost never care for their patients long enough to see firsthand whether blood clots or other complications have developed." Little reports that "the drug has never been subjected to a large-scale clinical trial to verify that it works and is safe for patients without hemophilia."
  • Terror Informant

    Egyptian immigrant Osama Eldawoody speaks to CBS Evening News about his two years "infiltrating and informing on a small group of Pakistani-Americans who planned to bomb a major New York City subway station at Manhattan's Herald Square." While his efforts helped lead to "one of the few post-9/11 terror trial convictions in New York," he found himself in grave danger. His anonymity was not sustained, and he said there were fatwas - threats - against his life in the NY/NJ Muslim community. Eldawoody felt the government failed him, as his identity was revealed when he testified in court, and he has not received help in finding a new job.
  • Sheriff Lee Baca & L.A. City Jails

    "These stories provide a penetrating look at conditions inside the nation's largest county jail system and show how the violence within cannot be contained. With the jails seriously overcrowded by felony defendants awaiting trial, 150,000 less serious offenders have been released since 2002 after serving fractions of their sentences."
  • I Dunnit

    Kentucky prison inmate James Mullins was looking at spending more than 25 years behind bars for theft and burglary charges. When a 19-year-old woman turned up murdered in Arizona, he "confessed" to the crime, which had taken place 2,000 miles from him and which he obviously had not committed. He said he hoped that Kentucky police would drop the theft charges and send him to Arizona to stand trial for murder, for which he would be exonerated since no evidence connecting him to the murder existed. Police discovered the inconsistencies in his story, and it turned out that the slain woman was actually a victim of the Baseline Killer, a serial murderer who had terrorized the area. Reporter Paul Rubin tells the story of Mullins' deception, which included a fellow inmate receiving clemency for his false testimony regarding Mullins.
  • 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."
  • Twilight of The Assassins

    "The first act of airline terrorism in the Americas was not 9/11 but thrity years ago, when seventy-three people died in the mid air bombing of a Cuban passengers plane. Now, one of the alleged masterminds lives freely in Miami, while another awaits trialon other charges in Texas. For decades, Fidel Castro (and later jaoined by Hugo Chavez) insisted that the CIA was ehind the bombing. However, the Bush administration has been loathe to release its 30 years of CIA and FBI files to finally resolve enduring suspicions.
  • Blackwater: Inside America's Private Army

    This series focuses on Blackwater USA, one of the most visible players in the private military industry. Tens of thousands of private military soldiers are on the ground in Iraq, armed and engaging in combat, but they are not subject to military justice or chain of command. This situation raises questions about oversight, standards, coordination and accountability. Blackwater's presence in Iraq escalated the war in 2004, when four of its contractors were killed and strung up from a bridge in Fallujah. Now, Blackwater is seeking out new markets, offering itself as an army for hire to police the world's trouble spots.
  • Degrees of Justice

    Higgins told the story of Charles Plinton, a graduate student at the University of Akron. The story begins when Plinton was suspended for selling marijuana to a police informant just weeks after being acquitted of felony drug trafficking charges. The story ends with his suicide a year later on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.