Tag: Trials

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Trouble in Paradise

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.

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Anatomy of a Commercial Interruption

A filmmaker goes to court to fight the television commercial break.

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The Ghosts of Emmett Till

Jurors from the Emmett Till trial revisit the case 50 years later.

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The Smartest Girls in the Room

How an obscure Australian judge and a hard-charging lawyer put the S&P on trial for the global financial collapse.

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Wild Justice

Putting killer animals on trial.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man

On the O.J. Simpson verdict and the Million Man March.

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An Odd Bird

When U.S. customs law met abstract art in the form of a bird, “shimmering and soaring toward the ceiling while the lawyers debated whether it was an ‘original sculpture’ or a metal ‘article or ware not specially provided for’ under the 1922 Tariff Act.”

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The Politics of Killing

Two men named Nathan committed murders. Only one received a death sentence.

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Injustice for All

John MacNeil was convicted by the state of Massachusetts of second-degree murder. He was given a life sentence. He escaped. He was caught. Through an incredible feat of jailhouse lawyering, he somehow got himself paroled and exiled to Canada. Then he came home.

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The Bravest Woman in Seattle

She survived an evil, gruesome attack. Her partner did not. An account of a victim, a widow, telling her story on the witness stand.

Update, 4/16/12: This piece was just awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
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The Penge Mystery: the murder of Harriet Staunton

On a Victorian-era murder case, and the novel it inspired.