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 "California":

"… 14. Editors' note: This story was reported in collaboration with The California Report, a production of KQED Public Radio. LOS ANGELES — While other ki …"

"… director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “How does a child begin to understand what …"

"… ay have been an initiation rite. The girl’s mother, who lived in Fresno, California, is now deceased. The young woman came north to join relatives, was detain …"

"… 009, Damion Robinson was just two years out of the University of California at Los Angeles’ law school and a young L.A. business attorney when his f …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… rest. We are still awaiting records from several other districts. …"

"… added, without including estimates of staffer hours and hourly rates. The Center for Public Integrity refused to pay the amount, arguing that the fees were excessive. Charging …"

"… o has tried to get similar records from other Florida counties.  The Center for Public Integrity on July 15 requested documents related to how judges in the county were di …"

"… er the state implemented a new plan to cut a backlog of pending cases. The Center for Public Integrity's report on Florida foreclosures found that many judges were rushing cases …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… hoice: Many consumers who choose to use a prepaid card, often instead of a bank account, can shop around for the least costly option. Released inmates lik …"

"… against fraud, said Marty E. Moore, a Utah-based lawyer who represented a bank that issued prepaid cards given to inmates at Ramsey County Law Enforcemen …"

"… cording to former Ramsey County inmates who last year sued the county, the bank and Keefe Commissary Network, which provides the cards to the jail.   …"

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 "media attention":

"… ericans, impose martial law on a state and blockade cities. CSPOA grabbed media attention in February with a growing list of sheriffs — 484 as of late July -- pro …"

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 "Washington":

"… ifying federal gun laws because that could undo NRA legislative success in Washington. “I think that is a misguided distraction,” said Todd Rathner, an NRA …"

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 "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… filed by Public Counsel, a large nonprofit, public-interest law firm; the American Civil Liberties Union; the American Immigration Council in Washington, D.C.; K&L Gates, a la …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… ntral American kids more like Mexican kids. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, a Los Angeles Democrat, has had legislation pending since 2011 that would require licens …"

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.

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 "Scott Tucker":

"… harges. The Center for Public Integrity and CBS News exposed in 2011 that Scott Tucker, a convicted felon turned professional race-car driver, started the online …"

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 "judge":

"… ed for comment.    …"

"… enter for Public Integrity investigation found that the wife of one of the judges owned up to $100,000 worth of stock in the oil company at the time of the …"

"… new panel hear his case because Reavley was “not impartial.” By law, judges cannot own even a single share of stock in companies that come before the …"

"… hem. Nor can their spouses or dependent children. Tilli learned about the judge’s conflict of interest after it was brought to the 5th Circuit’s atten …"

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.

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 "West Virginia":

"… ved key evidence withheld by Jackson Kelly lawyers are suing the firm in a West Virginia court, alleging fraud. …"

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 "Medicare":

"… it overbilled the government for treating elderly patients enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans, court records reveal. The status of the investigations i …"

"… urt records. Humana, which insures more than 2 million people through the Medicare Advantage plans, is also the target of two Florida whistleblower civil law …"

"… Louisville, Kentucky, is a major federal contractor. Last year, Humana’s Medicare Advantage contracts in Florida alone covered about 415,200 seniors at a co …"

"… , according to the company. Nationwide, Humana treated just over 2 million Medicare Advantage patients last year. The consequences of the legal cases could b …"

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 "Texas":

"… isti for at least a decade. …"

"… ride, a deadly gas, into the neighborhoods. Residents’ complaints to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — more than 200 of them during the 1 …"

"… the first place,” says Melissa Jarrell, a criminal justice professor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who studies environmental crime. “Why that’s co …"

"… idn’t.” Too big to punish Rainey, a former director of the Angleton, Texas, Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to federal judgeship by President Geor …"

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 "judge":

"… Center for Public Integrity uncovered a conflict of interest by one of its judges. Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Susan Black vacated the or …"

"… ring Group Inc. last week and ordered it be reconsidered by a new panel of judges. Black tossed the decision because 11th Circuit judge Frank Hull bought …"

"… h look,” said Winston, who is based in Birmingham, Ala. “Obviously the judge shouldn’t have heard the case.” The 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, c …"

"… is pretty clear,” she said. “It’s regrettable because it puts other judges to work on something that three judges have already spent a great deal of …"

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 "special counsel":

"… e it difficult for him to sit among large groups. John Gill, the D.A.’s special counsel, said that office has been working more diligently with educators and soci …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa Supreme Court":

"… n-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, appointed attorney Brent Appel to the Iowa Supreme Court. Appel had never been a judge, but he gave roughly $30,000 to Vilsack’s …"

Get involved: Help judges' disclosures investigation go further with donations and news tips

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… Imprudence, which reveals dozens of examples where federal appellate judges ruled on cases in which they had a financial stake. About the series C …"

"… researchers spent months examining the finances of federal appellate court judges, the second highest courts in the land, and found 26 examples where judge …"

"… judges, the second highest courts in the land, and found 26 examples where judges ruled on cases where they had a conflict of interest. We have posted tho …"

"… hile we looked at hundreds of cases, we did not look at every case where a judge may have had a conflict. If you have been involved in a case that went bef …"

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 "judge":

"… hat had been implanted in her body, the couple had no idea that one of the judges who decided their case had a financial stake in the giant multinational c …"

"… d as much as $100,000 in Johnson & Johnson stock when he and two other judges ruled against the Gables’ appeal in the precedent-setting case. For th …"

"… most recent years of financial disclosure reports filed by 255 of the 258 judges who sit on the nation’s 13 appellate circuits. In all, the Center ident …"

"… on’s 13 appellate circuits. In all, the Center identified 24 cases where judges owned stock in a company with a case before them. In two other instances, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… ar-cut reason why that was redacted,” she said. …"

"… s his redactions via the clerk of court, is not the only federal appellate judge who had text obscured from his report. Of 255 judges on the second-hi …"

"… federal appellate judge who had text obscured from his report. Of 255 judges on the second-highest courts in the nation, the financial disclosure repo …"

"… received, income they earned and investments they held. Additionally, some judges have failed to disclose the names of the companies that pay them royaltie …"

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.