Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clery Act":

"… university. The U.S. Department of Education also maintains a database of Clery Act statistics provided by schools: Compa …"

"… ometimes the numbers are different and those differences are red flags for Clery Act violations. Collect numbers for sexual assaults from on-campus and of …"

"… counseling centers for the last three years. Compare those numbers to Clery Act statistics submitted to the Education Department, as well as those publish …"

"… as those published in the annual campus security report. Find out how Clery Act crime data is collected around campus. Compare the school’s collecti …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… om violence so chilling her family thought it better to smuggle her to the United States in the spring of 2013. “Two years ago a friend of mine died in a very c …"

"… whatever they need to say to get to stay here because the President of the United States has told them, in no uncertain terms: If they get here, he won’t enforce …"

"… illed him. She also said she was threatened for testifying and fled to the United States. Her case had previously reached the Board of Immigration Appeals, the BI …"

"… , fearing his son would be killed, arranged to have him smuggled up to the United States. The asylum officer asked Francisco details about various parts of his st …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general counsel":

"… ply — for a price. A price of $132,348, to be exact. Alexandra Rieman, general counsel for the circuit that includes Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, sai …"

"… ited the scope of the search only to emails among judges, the court's general counsel brought the fees down to $7,322, plus the per-page charge.  The Cent …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standi …"

"… ht to own a gun for hunting purposes.” Oath Keepers and CSPOA If former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack had it his way, there wouldn’t be a single gun cont …"

"… i-government “patriot group.” But Mack, the former sheriff in eastern Arizona’s rural Graham County, is not letting up. His conviction is central to t …"

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 "Wyoming":

"… says federal regulation doesn’t apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… ocent of criminal charges. In many of the states, like North Carolina and Mississippi, a person in a public place does not have to retreat from a confrontation …"

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.

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 "Central America":

"… nd some with mothers.  Some of the spending would be for projects in Central America and for border enforcement and anti-smuggling actions, and some would be u …"

"… contacts are really stretched,” Ekblad said. He blames years of war in Central America—and U.S. involvement in those wars—for leaving the region destabilized …"

"… of organized crime.    He said the kids he knows who have fled Central America—where Ekblad lived between 1981 and 1988—“don’t stand a chanc …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… s legal fight against Wells Fargo. Bah said he is currently looking for an attorney to help him file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.     …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… s.     …"

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 "attorney":

"… ourt. It’s also unclear how a new panel will rule. Neither Tilli nor an attorney for ExxonMobil could immediately be reached for comment.    …"

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 "Texas":

"… l’s own research — including a longitudinal project tracking suspended Texas students over time — has found that “when students are removed from th …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Media and Democracy":

"… ld be recognized as promoting political speech.” As the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy first reported, Randa has regularly attended expenses-paid judicial confer …"

"… Mason judicial conferences in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, according to the Center for Media and Democracy. The Wisconsin Club for Growth’s director, Eric O’Keefe, has connecti …"

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 "attorney":

"… ases they were contesting had the disease. In court filings, the firm’s attorneys have argued that they have no obligation to disclose reports by doctors t …"

"… al miner. Unknown to Fox — who, like many miners, was unable to find an attorney to take his case — lawyers at Jackson Kelly obtained samples of his lung …"

"… d to deteriorate, and he retired and filed a new claim in 2006. This time, attorney Cline agreed to represent him, and, based on his experience in previous ca …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dean Rivkin":

"… nessee courts. We are planning to pursue other avenues of redress,” said Dean Rivkin, a University of Tennessee law professor who filed the appeal, originally …"

Feds investigating allegations that Humana Inc. overcharged Medicare Advantage program

By Fred Schulte

Whistleblower suit at center of Medicare Advantage overbilling allegations.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citgo":

"… tal crimes in the United States. The case revolves around Venezuelan-owned Citgo Petroleum’s decade-long violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its re …"

"… the federal Clean Air Act at its refinery in Corpus Christi. In 2007, the Citgo refinery became the first to be criminally convicted of violating the Clea …"

"… se finally sentenced the company. U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey fined Citgo a little more than $2 million — a penalty prosecutors said would not det …"

"… little more than $2 million — a penalty prosecutors said would not deter Citgo from committing future crimes since, they argued, the company made $1 bill …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The appellate courts are second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in terms of seniority. Marion F. Walker, the attorney representing Jacobs …"

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 "Texas":

"… tus offense can lead to penalties that could bedevil minors for years. In Texas, teen Elizabeth Diaz spent 18 days in an adult county jail when a judge in …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bailiff":

"… aw enforcement corruption  and abuse and judicial impropriety.  Bailiff Jim Huskey is accused in the federal lawsuit of walking across a Cocke Cou …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… governor can reject the list of nominees and ask for more. In two states, Virginia and South Carolina, the legislature appoints judges to the state supreme c …"

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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.

Federal judges plead guilty

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Judges acknowledge conflicts of interest Center found in 26 cases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… judge who corrected her mistake. She ruled on a 2010 case in favor of an insurance company represented by her then-husband’s law firm, Sutherland Asbill &a …"

"… he same conclusion, affirming the lower court’s decision in favor of the insurance company represented by her now ex-husband’s firm. Ruling in the gray zo …"

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.