Crime and Justice

  • More and more illegal immigrants have been dying as they pass through the secluded and perilous trails in Brooks County, Texas.

  • Reporters hammered out an investigative piece on Patrick Rogers, a lawyer who was involved with the firing of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico.

  • When a prominent Laotian exile, Vang Pao, was arrested this month in Orange County and accused, with nine others, of plotting a coup to overthrow the communist government of Laos, some of us paused over our morning coffee, then shrugged and flipped to the comics.

  • The congressional caucus gunning for AG Alberto Gonzalez and, perhaps,
    seeking a thorough investigation, seems undeterred by last week’s failure to pass a vote of no confidence against the nation’s lead law enforcer. Subpoenas are now in the works for two White House insiders as Democrats in
    Congress press ahead with their investigation into the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Former White House counsel and one-time Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers will soon be called to testify. She’ll be joined by former White House political director Sara Taylor.

    It’s a direct volley into the West Wing as the Bush Administration has thus far refused to allow sworn testimony from senior White House officials. If Big Al’s testimony was any indication, however, this volley will be nothing but duds.

  • Nuestra Familia, Our Family won the top medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) over the weekend at the award ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations to Oriana, Julie and George!

  • Cox reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and documentary film producer Marco Williams converged at San Francisco State University in May to talk to students and visitors and answer questions about their respective projects. Jaspin read an excerpt from his new book Buried in the Bitter Waters and Williams screened his award-winning documentary Banished.

  • This radio documentary on the lingering effects of the racial expulsion that took place in Corbin, Kentucky, was produced by John Biewen of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • From the 1860s to the 1920s, dozens of towns and counties across America violently expelled their entire African American communities. Many of these remain all-white today. Banished, directed by Marco Williams, tells the story of three of these counties -- of the Black descendants who return to learn their shocking history, and the white residents who struggle with their hidden past.

  • After news surfaced that big-name professional athletes were abusing performance-enhancing drugs, the two San Francisco Chronicle journalists who broke the story found themselves forced to walk the delicate line between the power of the law and freedom of the press. At issue: whether or not they would be sent to jail for refusing to reveal confidential sources.