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Law & Disorder

Former NOPD Officer Acquitted in Post-Katrina Police Shooting

It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for federal prosecutors in New Orleans.

Law & Disorder

NOPD Convictions Overturned in Notorious Post-Katrina Shooting

In a 129-page ruling outlining “grotesque” prosecutorial misconduct, a judge overturned the convictions of 5 officers for shooting civilians on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge.

Life and Death in Assisted Living

The Deaths and Disappearance that Haunt Assisted Living

These three deaths, an alleged sexual assault, and a senior’s disappearance, are among the more than two dozen cases of questionable care uncovered by FRONTLINE and ProPublica at the nation’s largest assisted living provider.

The Child Cases

Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal

An Amarillo man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a child was reversed after experts questioned forensic evidence used against him, pleads guilty to a reduced charge.

The Child Cases

California Governor Commutes Sentence in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of shaking her infant grandson to death, has always maintained her innocence.

The Child Cases

New Questions About Evidence Used to Convict Grandmother in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith lives with her daughter Tomeka in Alexandria, Minn., a quaint town of approximately 11,000 people located about … Continue reading

The Child Cases

Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home

After nearly nine years in prison, Ernie Lopez has returned home to Amarillo, Texas, where a throng of family members … Continue reading

The Child Cases

Texas DA Will Re-Try Ernie Lopez on Sexual Assault Charges

Days after the Texas state appeals court threw out his 2003 conviction, a district attorney has decided to re-try Ernie Lopez on charges that he sexually assaulted a six-month old girl.

The Child Cases

Texas Court Voids Conviction in Child Death Case

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today set aside the conviction of Ernie Lopez, an Amarillo man found guilty in 2003 of sexually assaulting six-month-old Isis Vas. The baby died shortly after the purported attack.

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