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  • Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the Dirksen Federal courthouse for his scheduled sentencing hearing in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. April 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Frank Polich - RTX2BVKZ
    April 27, 2016  

    Dennis Hastert was once second-in-line for the presidency. But on Wednesday, the former speaker of the House was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for banking violations. During the hearing, Hastert admitted that he sexually abused minors decades ago. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Natasha Korecki of Politico for more on the case. Continue reading

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    April 27, 2016  

    In 2009, Jennifer Hopper and Teresa Butz were attacked and sexually assaulted in their home; Butz did not survive. In “While the City Slept,” Eli Sanders, a Pulitzer winner for his reporting on the case, examines the troubled life of their attacker, a mentally ill man who had repeatedly slipped through the cracks of the mental health and justice systems. William Brangham talks to Sanders for more. Continue reading

  • Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, is seen in an undated picture released by the Columbia County Sheriff?s Office in Appling, Georgia. Hawes shot dead three people and is suspected of killing two others in a shooting spree involving his wife's family before killing himself, officials said on Saturday.   Columbia County Sheriff?s Office/Handout via Reuters
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    A Georgia gunman on a shooting rampage killed five people Friday night in two separate locations before taking his own life, with some of the victims believed to be members of his wife’s family. Continue reading

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    January 7, 2016  

    “Making a Murderer,” a new true crime documentary on Netflix, tells the story of Steven Avery, a man exonerated of a sexual assault after serving 18 years in prison, only to be charged and convicted of murder. Presenting recorded police interrogations and court proceedings, the filmmakers raise questions about the criminal justice system. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos join William Brangham. Continue reading

  • Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives with attorney Monique Pressley (R) for his arraignment on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 2015. George Washington University announced Monday that it was rescinding an honorary doctoral degree that was given to Cosby in the 1990s. Photo by Mark Makela
    December 30, 2015  

    Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in connection to allegations that he drugged and fondled Andrea Constand in 2004. That comes after dozens of accusations made by other women. William Brangham learns more from Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press. Continue reading

  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke (R), leaves the courtroom after a hearing with his attorney Daniel Herbert at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois in this December 18, 2015, pool photo. Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager last year, is expected to plead not guilty to murder charges on December 29, 2015, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut short a vacation after two more fatal police shootings over the weekend.   REUTERS/Zbigniew Bzdak/Pool - RTX20EVK
    December 29, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty of first-degree murder for killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Also, protesters gathered in Cleveland a day after a grand jury refused to indict two police officers for killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Continue reading

  • Enrique Marquez (C), 24, is shown in this courtroom sketch as he appears with legal representatives during a hearing in federal court in Riverside, California, December 17, 2015.  Marquez , a former neighbor accused of supplying assault rifles to the couple who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino, California, is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.  REUTERS/Bill Robles - RTX1Z6VZ
    December 21, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, the man who allegedly bought the weapons used in the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 was ordered held without bond. Also, President Obama said in a year-end interview with NPR that he’s failed to keep the public fully informed about his efforts to battle the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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    December 17, 2015  

    A woman reports she was raped at knifepoint in her apartment, but days later, after police question her about inconsistencies, she says she made the whole thing up. In “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a project from the Marshall Project and ProPublica, reporters explore how two different police departments treated the investigation. Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading

  • Moments before his arrest, activist Darius Rosebrough (R) leads a protest in front of the courthouse in Baltimore, December 16, 2015. A Maryland judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, whose killing sparked riots and arson in the city in April. The jury had deliberated for 16 hours on whether the officer, William Porter, was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Gray's death from injuries suffered while in police custody. After it reported it was unable to reach a verdict, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued his ruling. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX1Z0WR
    December 16, 2015  

    The trial for the first officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has ended in a mistrial. The jury deliberated for 15 hours over three days before a judge in Baltimore declared a hung jury in the case against Officer William Porter. William Brangham joins Gwen Ifill from outside the courthouse in Baltimore for an update. Continue reading

  • Lone activist Jonathan Brown, of Baltimore, stands outside of the courthouse in Baltimore, December 15, 2015.  Protestors and media gathered awaiting the verdict in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officer charged connection with the death of Freddie Gray.  REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX1YSKX
    December 15, 2015  

    The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter. Continue reading

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