Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or [email protected] where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "warrants" ...

  • Sneak & Peek Warrants

    A Team 4 investigation exposes people breaking into homes, copying computer files, and covering their tracks on the way out. But these weren't criminals. They were federal law enforcement agents using a special kind of warrant known as sneak & peek.
  • Japan: Hiding America's Children

    The story of 15 American fathers whose children were spirited away by their Japanese mothers. ABC News uncovered how these women have used the Japanese government's protection to keep their children hidden. FBI warrants, Interpol notices, U.S. custody decisions - none are recognized or enforced by the Japanese courts or law enforcement, leaving the fathers essentially helpless when it came to exercising their parental rights once the children were kidnapped to Japan.
  • A Political Crime Spree

    Reporters worked for years to expose the corruption within the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who rode into office on promises of reform and transparency. Tribune stories unraveled the complex inner workings of the governor and his closest advisers, showing how they rewarded friends and political contributors with state work, how people who did business with the governor's wife got benefits from state government and how politics infiltrated law enforcement and regulatory agencies. These stories helped lay the foundation for a massive federal investigation that eventually led to the governor's arrest.
  • Free to Flee

    For years in many states "fugitives have been let go by police, only to victimize more people. Between crimes, fugitives have used their real identities to get new drivers licenses in new states. Some have registered with police as sex offenders and still avoided arrest...The lapses mean hundreds of thousands of felony fugitives can run - and they don't need to hide."
  • Television Justice

    This series raised questions about the relationship between law enforcement and the NBC Dateline show "To Catch a Predator." The investigation revealed that police may sacrifice justice, and their role as independent investigators, in the interest of taping the prime-time show. This situation raises concerns about entrapment, tainted evidence, faulty warrants, and questionable arrest reports.
  • A Case of Identity

    This story "exposed an escaped identity thief - a fugitive from another state living under a stolen name, dodging a pair of active arrest warrants. The story revealed conspicuous failure by law enforcement agencies, and ultimately led to the thief's arrest and conviction."
  • Escaping Justice

    This story found that failures in Tennessee's justice system allowed more than 150 prison escapees to roam free, and even break the law again. More than one-third of the escapees had no warrants identifying them as fugitives. Many were stopped by police, given traffic tickets and even arrested without ever being returned to Tennessee prisons. State corrections officials and local sheriffs disagreed over whose responsibility it is to track down escaped inmates.
  • Booted

    Thousands of people from the disability benefit and retirement roll are no longer receiving that aid because the Social Security Administration has labeled them as fugitive felons because of outstanding warrants.This fugitive felon program has saved about $83 million for the SSA between 1996 and 2003.
  • Secret Surveillance

    This story uncovered the fact that President Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop without warrants on some domestic phone calls and email.
  • Corruption at Dallas City Hall

    The authors investigated a corruption scandal at Dallas City Hall. The investigation commenced after FBI agents executed high profile search warrants on the city council offices, businesses, homes and vehicles. The FBI wasn't talking and neither were the two officials known to be the subjects of the raids. It fell to the press to explain the city's and FBI's activities.