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Jordan Smith is an award-winning investigative journalist covering criminal justice and women's health – and hopes the two areas never overlap.

158 articles in 2005   •   page 1 of 4

Abbott Expands Sony Spyware Suit

Music giant also engaged in deceptive practices, AG says

News Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

Weed Watch

DEA agents do their best impression of the Grinch this month by carrying out a string of medi-pot dispensary raids and by denying a group of American Indians the ability to grow and sell industrial hemp

News Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

Weed Watch

Fed lawmakers cut funding for White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy's much-ridiculed Anti-Drug Media Campaign; and new stats about Americans' pot-smoking habits amount to one more nail in prohibitionists' coffin

News Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

More-Bizarre-Than-Usual FLDS Update

"Prophet" sued again; and West Texas crematorium rumors

News Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

Ignore the Flaws – the Death Penalty Must Continue On

Despite possible errors here and elsewhere, Perry stands firm on capital punishment

News Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

Bible Monument Case Thumps Its Way Through Courts

Constitutionality of Harris County display heard in Austin court

News Feature, Dec. 16, 2005

Schroeder Sues Knee and City

Austin Police Officer Julie Schroeder, who was terminated last month in connection with the June 9 fatal shooting of Daniel Rocha, seeks an injunction to keep Knee from interfering with her ability to investigate and build a case that could result in her reinstatement

News Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

Sheriff's Unions Back Eckhardt for Precinct 2 Commissioner

Both unions are at odds with current Commissioner Sonleitner

News Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

State May Have Executed Innocent Man

Newspaper investigation suggests that Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993 for a robbery and shooting murder in San Antonio, may have been innocent

News Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

Weed Watch: Denver Police Ignore Pot Possession Law

Although 54% of Denver, Colo., voters approved a measure last month legalizing possession of up to 1 oz. of marijuana by adults over 21, law enforcers continue on as though the law doesn't exist

News Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

What Killed Michael Clark?

The official Travis Co. autopsy doesn't tell the whole story

News Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Trouble at the ME's Office

News Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Daniel Rocha's Last Night: Reconstruction, Recommendations, Reprimands

Chief Knee and APD investigators differ over whether Schroeder's shot was justified

News Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

AG on Sony Spyware: 'Cloak-and-Dagger Deceit'

CDs contained program designed to limit unlimited copying, but Abbott alleges danger of identity theft

News Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Weed Watch

Previously losing at Supreme Court on narrow ruling, Raich now argues medical necessity

News Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Schroeder Fired for Rocha Shooting

Police union accuses Knee of caving, calls for resignation

News Feature, Nov. 25, 2005

Prisoners' Rights Crusader Ruiz Dies

David Ruiz, the Texas prison inmate whose name became synonymous with state prison reform, died Nov. 12 at the TDCJ hospital in Galveston.

News Feature, Nov. 25, 2005

FLDS First Family Update

Federal grand jury in Denver indicts little bro of fugitive polygamist FLDS "prophet."

News Feature, Nov. 25, 2005

Weed Watch

The Feds and Mounties whisk a medi-pot patient from his Vancouver hospital bed and into jail.

News Feature, Nov. 25, 2005

Free Speech Fight Continues in Court

Appeals court finds city's move to dismiss 'without merit'

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Weed Watch

Denver legalizes weed, and a record number of Americans think it's a good idea

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Ehrhardt's Murderer Sought Cash, Marijuana

Police arrest a San Antonio man for allegedly killing UT student

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

GAO Report: FDA Strayed With Morning-After Pill Approval Process

GAO report says rejection of contraceptive may have been made before scientific review

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

'Leak' on Recommendation to Fire Officer Prompts Complaint From Police Union

Austin Police Association President Mike Sheffield has filed formal complaints with city alleging someone from Police Monitor's office and/or the Citizen Review Panel leaked panel's disciplinary recommendations regarding shooting death of Daniel Rocha.

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Babysitter Denied New Trial in Paper Towel Case

Lawyers claim lead attorney in case gave ineffective counsel

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Scalito Scary to Nonconservatives

While Bush's Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination prompted teeth gnashing from activists and interest groups on both the left and right, the president's about-face with the nomination of Samuel Alito has calmed conservatives and left the gnashing to the left.

News Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Instant Replay: How and Why Did Daniel Rocha Die?

Re-enactment discrepancies leave family still looking for answers

News Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

Man Shot in Face

Mental illness possible factor in suspect's behavior

News Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

Another Hearing for Rodney Reed

Death row inmate's case goes back to Bastrop County district court

News Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

FLDS First Family Update

Warren Jeffs' nephew caught en route to Texas; possibly "The Prophet" is here?

News Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

Polygamous Prophet Sighting

Fugitive FLDS leader allegedly spotted at a Utah Cabela's

News Feature, Oct. 28, 2005

Crackpot Crackdown

Joining a long East Texas tradition, Jackson County DA Bobby Bell has convicted 28 black people on drug charges via manufactured evidence and railroaded trials. One small-town exile, her family, and a few neighbors are finally fighting back.

News Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

'Crackdown' Becomes 'Shutdown'

News Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

Operation Crackdown Convictions

News Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

Weed Watch

Strict anti-drug hiring laws give the Feds headaches

News Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

The Roberts Court Begins Its First Term

Abortion, assisted suicide, and free speech vs. campaign reform on the docket

News Feature, Oct. 14, 2005

Death Sentence Overturned

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals narrowly sides with argument that killer is mentally retarded

News Feature, Oct. 14, 2005

Death Puts Tasers in Spotlight Again

Officers quickly returned to duty, ME's report still out

News Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Polygamous Police Under Scrutiny

Arizona AG alleges that FLDS police enforce laws selectively

News Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Austin High Sophomore Killed in Drive-By

Shooting took place off-campus; principal insists campus is safe

News Feature, Sep. 30, 2005

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