Thus began a 2001 article by Eric Lipton in The New York Times. It must come as no surprise to the reader that almost 15 years later, ProPublica detailed how New York City failed to police expensive tax subsidies it gave out to developers in exchange for limiting rent increases and including a modest number of affordable apartments in projects.
It is one of the most controversial moments from the Netflix sensation “Making a Murderer” — the graphic pre-trial news conference held by local prosecutors seeking to convict a Wisconsin man and his nephew of murder. The lead prosecutor, in front of television cameras and radio microphones, talks in detail about the alleged confession of the nephew, complete with details of the rape and strangling of a young woman.
The controversial judge and native Mississippian, Charles Pickering, openly talks of his accomplishments and failures behind the bench, and the events that led to Democrats filibustering his nomination to a permanent seat on the Fifth Circuit.
A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man had won his freedom when a federal judge called out a local prosecutor for misconduct. And then, last week, with the help of an able lawyer, the freed man won a $10 million settlement from New York City, gaining possible financial security for life. The system for identifying and punishing misconduct by prosecutors is badly broken, ProPublica's reporting shows, and with the Collins case settling, a crucial channel for exposing systemic problems and ensuring they don't recur may close as well.