In Arizona:

Arizona Republic/12 News (10/27/13) – “Prosecutorial misconduct alleged in half of capital cases

The Arizona Republic looked into misconduct by state prosecutors in cases involving a death sentence since 2002. They found “prosecutorial misconduct was alleged by appellate attorneys” in half of these cases. That misconduct could be classified from “being over emotional to encouraging perjury.” Decisions in these cases are only sometimes overturned.

The investigation highlights the specific cases of Debra Milke and Ray Krone. The Republic looked into all death sentence appeals in the same time period and found that “among those 82 direct appeals, there were 42 in which the defendants alleged prosecutorial misbehavior or outright misconduct.”


New Mexico In Depth (10/25/13) – “Despite progress, NM teen pregnancy rate still tops charts

New Mexico’s teen pregnancy has long been one of the highest in the nation, largely because of poverty and dropout rates. They’ve made some improvements, but the rate is still much higher than advocates would like. New Mexico In Depth juxtaposes the story of Karla Aguirre, a teenage mother, with statistics related to the cost teenage pregnancies have on the state.

Center for Public Integrity (10/22/13) – “Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

Georgia-Pacific Corp. once produced a building material that contained asbestos, which led to almost $1 billion in lawsuits from consumers who suffered ill effects from the product. The Center for Public Integrity found that the company is trying to hide information from commissioned studies about the effects. How can they get away with it? “This framework, taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook hatched years earlier, allowed Georgia-Pacific to control the science and claim all communications as privileged — not subject to discovery in litigation,” according to CPI.

The Center for Public Integrity’s Nicholas Kusnetz also reported on questionable public-private partnerships, like the Arizona Commerce Authority, this week. AZCIR published both stories.