In 1993 a black teenager in London was randomly stabbed to death by a gang of white youths. Twenty years later, they would be at the center of the trial of the decade.
Even an “obstructionist bloc” can’t resist handing prosecutors the indictments they want.
A black 16-year-old lights a white, agender 18-year-old’s skirt on fire while riding the bus. Is it a hate crime? And what’s the appropriate punishment?
On the lawyers who defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jared Loughner and Whitey Bulger.
Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court?
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.
A jury recommends life in prison; the judged orders a death sentence.
Sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder was accused of taking a backpack. He spent the next three years on Rikers Island, without trial.
Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.
In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters. The case hinged on the testimony of a jailhouse informant named Johnny E. Webb. Today, Webb says he lied.
Previously: "Trial By Fire," David Grann's 2009 article on the Willingham case.
“Which is how, despite the drinking, the stealing, the racist outburst, the abysmal courtroom performance, the disbarment, and the ultimate imprisonment of his lead attorney, an intellectually disabled man has ended up on the verge of execution.”