Crime and Justice

  • The strange and epic case of U.S.A. versus Pavel Ivanovich Lazarenko, which this spring asked 12 Bay Area residents to decide whether the former prime minister of a country 6,000 miles away had broken that nation's laws more than a decade ago, actually began one cool night in January 1998 when FBI special agent Bryan Earl paid a visit to a small dumpster in Sausalito.

  • It was a late afternoon in April, and hot fog was creeping in from the coast. Lima?s colonial Plaza de Armas was relatively calm for a change: a din of grinding gears and hawker?s cries was in the air, as was a strong smell of diesel fumes and old cooking oil, but there were no jeering strikers, and there was no sting of tear gas.

  • Documenting the hidden cost to taxpayers of corruption in Iraq

  • The political unrest in Haiti, with its graphic daily images of gunfire and street violence, is focusing attention once again on the island's South Florida gun connection.

  • Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State

  • A federal judge on Friday sentenced a former official of the Venezuelan Air Force (FAV) to 24 months in prison after he plead guilty to conspiracy to export more than 650 MAK90 assault rifles and ammunition from Florida to guerrilla groups in Colombia.

    The former Venezuelan official, Romulo Alfredo Martinez, was arrested on November 23, 2003, at Newark Airport in New Jersey.

  • The first of many trials for Vladimiro Montesinos

  • A U.S. Justice Department attempt to break up one of California’s most powerful gangs, the Nuestra Familia, put FBI agents and local police in charge of gangster informants as their fellow gang members plotted and carried out murders, assaults and other major crimes, court documents and FBI reports uncovered by CIR reveal.

  • In this story for NPR's new Day to Day news program, CIR associate reporter Rebecca Perl examines the state laws that prevent felons and ex-felons from voting in elections, sometimes for life. As a result, nationwide, one in eight black men are barred from voting - in some states it's one in three.

  • It was 1986, and Jan Warren knew she had to do something to change her life. She wanted to get home to California where her father had just died and left her a produce business. But Warren, 35, was stuck on the East Coast with no money, in a dead-end relationship and pregnant. Desperate, she made a mistake: She agreed to sell cocaine for her cousin.