Criminal Justice

News & Politics |
November 18, 2020

A Bad Cop’s Best Friend?

One morning in late January 2019, Rhogena Nicholas texted a prayer to her mother, Jo Ann Nicholas, just as she did every day. A widow in her eighties, Jo Ann could no longer make the four-hour drive from Natchitoches, Louisiana, to visit her daughter and her son-in-law, Dennis Tuttle, at

News & Politics |
May 11, 2020

Five Judges Say Rosa Jimenez Was Wrongly Convicted. So Why Is She Dying in Prison?

First came the sound of someone running hard on the breezeway outside, then a banging on the apartment door. Irene Vera opened it to see her neighbor, twenty-year-old Rosa Jimenez, holding a little boy who lay limp in her arms. “Help me! Help me!” Jimenez cried hysterically in Spanish. The

Politics & Policy |
December 9, 2019

Who Gets to Live and Die When the State Relies on False Testimony in Death Penalty Cases?

A.P. Merillat helped send at least 15 people to death row. On Wednesday, Travis Runnels will become the third this year to be executed, even though a former prison official calls Merillat’s testimony “bullshit.”

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