A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Sunshine state uses fees to prevent sun from shining on judicial records

By Alison Fitzgerald

In Florida, a court is charging massive fees for some public records.

Debit cards slam released prisoners with sky-high fees, few protections

By Amirah Al Idrus

Former prisoners say funds earned in prison eaten away by exorbitant debit card fees.

Enforcement of gun laws hinges on local sheriffs' interpretation of Second Amendment

Rural sheriffs across the country are by protesting gun control laws

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kansas":

"… keep any future federal gun measures from being enforced in the state. In Kansas, a law passed last year says federal regulation doesn’t apply to guns ma …"

"… sed by legislators in 11 states, mainly in Western states, along with Kansas, Tennessee and Alaska. Of those, 11 were signed into law, though one was l …"

"… lify it. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit against Kansas on July 9 to stop enforcement of the state’s recently passed Second Amen …"

"… mendment Center, a for-profit nullification group based in California. The Kansas law makes it a felony for federal officials to enforce U.S. firearm law. …"

Stronger self-defense laws spread, despite limited measure of impacts

By Jon LaFlamme

Stand your ground laws expand American's right to self defense, but their impact varies from state to state

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Capitol Hill and the Obama administration is drawing new attention to the Center for Public Integrity’s landmark investigation of campus sexual assault. Published in a six-p …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… s, lawyers who work with immigrant kids have argued. This week, President Obama asked Congress to allocate $3.7 billion in emergency funds to finance a ra …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Supreme court justices earn quarter-million in cash on the side

By Reity O'Brien

Nearly all Supreme Court justices reported earning thousands for teaching and book royalties beyond their federal salaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ng to new financial disclosure reports released Friday and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not report any outside income in 2013, despi …"

"… sts then pick them up either in person or have them sent in the mail. The Center for Public Integrity has made them available online as PDFs below.     …"

Fourth case reopened after Center uncovers judicial conflict of interest

By Chris Young

U.S. appeals court reopened foreclosure case after Center uncovered that a judge owned stock in Wells Fargo, court reaches same decision.

Race-car driver's payday lending business 'deceived borrowers'

By David Heath

AMG Services, a Kansas firm started by race-car driver Scott Tucker, may be ordered to repay tens of millions of dollars to borrowers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… t the lawsuit, will now ask U.S. District Court Judge Gloria M. Navarro of Nevada to order the company and others involved to repay borrowers tens of millio …"

Republicans to target Van Hollen in FEC complaint

By Dave Levinthal

Party official: Republicans to file an FEC complaint about the Democratic congressman's pro bono legal aid.

Court reopens third case after Center uncovered judicial conflicts of interest

By Chris Young

Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reopens 2007 case after Center alerts judge that his wife owned ExxonMobil stock when he ruled on case.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… smissal of a Pennsylvania man’s lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corp. after a Center for Public Integrity investigation found that the wife of one of the judges owned up to $100,00 …"

State Senate leader reacts to Center report, urging counsel for truants

By Susan Ferriss

A majority state Senate leader in Tennessee says he is troubled by a Center report on accused truants prosecuted, jailed with no lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… olved in national juvenile justice reforms said he is troubled by a recent Center for Public Integrity report on children who’ve been prosecuted for truancy in his state, jail …"

Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

By Chris Young

Federal judge who attended Koch-funded conferences halts campaign finance investigation into Wisconsin group with Koch ties.

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation

By Chris Hamby

Move is a direct response to disclosures that lawyers kept key evidence from sick miners, which caused some to lose benefits cases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… enefits cases. The announcement comes after a recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity detailed a prominent law firm’s decades-long record of keeping key …"

Tennessee Supreme Court declines to review case featured in Center report

By Susan Ferriss

Tennessee teen truant was jailed, allegedly without being informed of right to counsel.

Feds investigating allegations that Humana Inc. overcharged Medicare Advantage program

By Fred Schulte

Whistleblower suit at center of Medicare Advantage overbilling allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… g political support in Congress, successfully fighting off attempts by the Obama administration earlier this year to cut its payments. Lawmakers have argued that rate cut …"

Oil giant Citgo gets off easy in criminal case

By Priscila Mosqueda

Residents of Corpus Christi, Texas, who say they were sickened by emissions from the Citgo refinery decry a judge's denial of restitution.

Case reopened after Center reveals judge's conflict of interest

By Kytja Weir

Center investigation identifies conflicted judge leading to new hearing for discrimination case.

Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them

By Susan Ferriss

Court procedures leave minor offenders with few rights.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… who later represented A.G. and oversees the Knoxville campus’ Education Law Practicum.  Due to litigation that’s pending, Irwin declined repea …"

"… o bono idea, which remains in limbo. On the court’s behalf, Knox County Law Director Richard Armstrong sent a letter to the Center for Public Integrit …"

"… 12, more than 9,600 minors were taken to court for truancy. The Education Law Practicum Rivkin supervises offers pro bono help to Knoxville area familie …"

Abuse in court? Deputy strikes boy in court, boy charged with assault

By Susan Ferriss

A court and sheriff's department with a checkered past are accused in a suit of tolerating abuse of a boy in court.

ICIJ guide to voter restrictions around the world

By Sasha Chavkin and Hamish Boland-Rudder

In light of the recent voter ID ruling in Wisconsin, ICIJ set out to learn more about voting restrictions outside of the U.S.

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

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Join us in finding cases where ruling judges may have had a conflict.

Federal judges plead guilty

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Judges acknowledge conflicts of interest Center found in 26 cases.

Information on judges' disclosures often blacked out

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

More than 40 percent of federal appellate judges had portions of financial disclosures blacked out.

Dozens of intelligence contractors have submitted false claims for federal funds

By Douglas Birch

Pentagon report reveals that those implicated typically kept their security clearances.

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "school resource officer":

"… cial services department went to get her. She was arrested on March 7 by a school resource officer after striking another student on a bus during an altercation. A judge fre …"

"… h how to handle disruptions on campus. “I’d have to leave that to the school resource officer's judgment,” Shelton said, commenting on whether it was appropriate to h …"

"… ia’s individual history. The Raleigh Police Department — which assigns school resource officers to schools — says that Garcia struck the other girl multiple times but …"

"… multiple times but that the other girl did not suffer serious injuries. A school resource officer, according to Story, made a judgment call to arrest Garcia for simple batt …"

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