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The Business of Dying: Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Crisis of Death Investigations in the United States

by Benjamin Tschirhart

A medieval system: historical and modern coroners and death investigations

If there is one thing which most sets us apart as humans, it must be our answer to death. We are not the only creatures who mourn our dead, but we are among the only ones who ...

The Power of the Prosecutor in America: Abuse, Misconduct, Unaccountability, and Miscarriages of Justice

by Casey J. Bastian

The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty and reputation than any other person in America.

– Robert Jackson, Former U.S. Attorney (1940)

To many people, prosecutors are viewed as the “Champion of the People.” Americans rightly expect those given such tremendous responsibility and incredible power ...

They Called 911 for Help. Police and Prosecutors Used a New Junk Science to Decide They Were Liars.

by Brett Murphy, ProPublica

Tracy Harpster, a deputy police chief from suburban Dayton, Ohio, was hunting for praise. He had a business to promote: a miracle method to determine when 911 callers are actually guilty of the crimes they are reporting. “I know what a guilty father, mother or boyfriend ...

The Debunking of Forensic Science: A Decade of Increased Scrutiny Reveals Forensic Processes Prone to Bias and Error

by Casey J. Bastian

When a crime is committed, it is vital that the actual perpetrator be identified and held accountable. However, that process is not always straightforward. Every criminal investigation begins with the analysis of a crime scene and the collection of forensic evidence. But crime is inherently complex. ...

False Confession Generator: How Accusatorial Interrogations Undermine the Pursuit of Justice

by Anthony W. Accurso

There are many aspects of the criminal justice system in the U.S. that are in desperate need of reform, but one aspect — how we obtain information from potential suspects — is perhaps more troubling than others because it does more than just undermine the pursuit ...

The Pariah

He Declined the FBI’s Offer to Become an Informant. Then His Life Was Ruined.

by Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

Aswad Khan didn’t understandwhypeople were congratulating him. On a February morning in 2017, rolling out of bed at his home in an upper-middle class area of Karachi, Pakistan, Khan saw a ...

The Battle Against CSAM: The Front Line of the Government’s War on the Fourth Amendment

by Anthony W. Accurso

Few topics elicit the level of disgust, outrage, and hyperbole as the subject of the sexual abuse of children does in America. No child should be subjected to sexual assault, but our collective efforts to prevent this harm should be mindful of other values we hold ...

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