Criminal Justice

Texas court voids conviction in child death case   |   January 26, 2012
By A.C Thompson, ProPublica The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday set aside the conviction of Ernie Lopez, an Amarillo man found guilty in 2003 of sexually assaulting six...

 

In Mississippi, identities of pardon applicants must be public   |   January 13, 2012
By Dafna Linzer, ProPublica The legality of last-minute clemency decisions by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour appears to hinge on whether the recipients gave sufficient...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #3: The fight to save Troy Davis   |   December 27, 2011
NOTE: Facing South will be posting lightly over the winter holidays. As we close out the year, we look at Facing South's big stories in 2011. Our earlier entries in the series...

 

VOICES: It doesn't matter to GOP that race matters   |   November 29, 2011
By Chris Fitzsimon, N.C. Policy Watch The most remarkable thing in the Senate debate and vote to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) Monday was that no one seriously responded to...

 

U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe health risks   |   November 16, 2011
By Jacob Kushner, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two...

 

Justice for Sale: Record spending floods into judicial campaigns   |   October 27, 2011
How much money does it cost to buy a judge? More than ever, according to a new report which finds that spending on state high court elections skyrocketed in 2009-2010, especially...

 

What I learned at my arrest at Troy Davis' execution   |   October 13, 2011
By Stephen Dear A few minutes before Troy Davis was scheduled to be poisoned to death in Jackson, Ga., on Sept. 24, I made the sign of the cross, took a deep breath and, with...

 

Troy Davis protesters occupy Wall Street   |   September 26, 2011
By Ryan Devereaux, New America Media Less than twenty-four hours after the state of Georgia injected a cocktail of lethal drugs into the bloodstream of Troy Anthony Davis, the...

 

Troy Davis case shows need for eyewitness identification reform   |   September 22, 2011
The long struggle to save the life of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis ended last night at 11:08 p.m., when Davis -- who maintained his innocence to the very end -- was...

 

Why does the South execute more people?   |   September 22, 2011
In the wake of the high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful effort to save Georgia's Troy Davis from execution, media outlets are buzzing that the Davis case has sparked a new...

 

The extraordinary movement to save Troy Davis   |   September 19, 2011
By Kung Li Today, Monday September 19, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles meets to decide whether Troy Davis will live or die. [Editor's note: On Tuesday, September 20...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is Georgia about to execute an innocent man?   |   September 15, 2011
Date on which the state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis: 9/21/2011 Year in which Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga. Police Officer Mark MacPhail: 1991...

 

The Troy Davis case: Will America execute another innocent?   |   September 9, 2011
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media Barring a last minute stay of execution by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles in a last ditch hearing scheduled for September 19...

 

VOICES: Crime pays for the private prison industry and modern-day convict leasers   |   August 26, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It all started in Mississippi. Of course. Deprived of his slaves by the Confederacy's loss in the War Between the States, wealthy, politically...

 

VOICES: Obama skewers the immigrant justice movement   |   August 25, 2011
By Kung Li The Obama administration announced last week it will be reviewing pending immigration deportation cases in order to prioritize people with criminal records for...

 

How America's safety net has become a dragnet   |   August 16, 2011
By Barbara Ehrenreich, New America Media The most shocking thing I learned from my research on the fate of the working poor in the recession was the extent to which poverty has...

 

Five New Orleans cops convicted for their role in post-Katrina shootings   |   August 8, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The jury convicted four current or former officers of unlawfully firing on the citizens. The officers also were found guilty of charges related to a...

 

VOICES: Using a Civil War-era law to hold BP accountable in the Gulf   |   July 18, 2011
By Lindsey Williams, Bridge the Gulf As President Obama said during his campaign, "Workers are the eyes and ears of enforcement." They are the ones who see companies dump toxic...

 

Did New Orleans media contribute to police violence after Hurricane Katrina?   |   June 24, 2011
By Jordan Flaherty, Truthout Jury selection began June 22 in what observers have called the most important trial New Orleans has seen in a generation. It concerns a shocking...

 

John Edwards cheat sheet: What are the facts, and do they make him a criminal?   |   June 9, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica First, a sex scandal, followed by a messy cover-up and an even messier fessing-up. The sequence has become all but routine in Washington. But the...

 

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis   |   June 7, 2011
"De'Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you." De'Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the...

 

Civitas pollster fined $10,000 for breaking NC robo-call law after complaint by Facing South editor   |   May 26, 2011
The controversy began in December 2009, when Sue Sturgis received an automated call at her home asking questions about her views on education in Wake County, N.C., the site of...

 

Supreme Court gives Southern states more incentive to push prison alternatives   |   May 24, 2011
The Supreme Court's ruling this week that California's prisons are so overcrowded it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment -- requiring the release of 30,000 prisoners...

 

VOICES: The railroading of Troy Davis   |   May 5, 2011
By Angola 3 News Laura Moye is director of the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. In this interview, Moye talks about 42-year-old Troy Davis, an African...

 

Judge hands out tough sentences in post-Katrina killing by police   |   April 5, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal judge last week sentenced two former New Orleans police officers for killing Henry Glover and incinerating his body during the aftermath of...