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Jordan Smith

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

204 articles in 2007   •   page 1 of 6

Report: Teen Birthrate Rose in 2006

First such rise since 1991

News Feature, Dec. 28, 2007

Drug War Blowback

Drug-raid tactics come under increasing scrutiny

News Feature, Dec. 21, 2007

The Trail of Dead

News Feature, Dec. 21, 2007

Cruz Beating: Arbitrator clears Griffin to return to APD

Officer Gary Griffin's "use of excessive force" during confrontation with mentally ill man was 'nothing more sinister than gross negligence,' arbitrator concludes.

News Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

Supremes to Weigh in on Handguns Ban

High court to review appeal court decision that struck down 31-year-old firearms ban in D.C.

News Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

Report: Blacks 10 Times More Likely to Be Jailed for Drug-Related Offenses Than Whites

Justice Policy Institute encouraging lawmakers to focus more on drug treatment and less on punitive measures

News Feature, Dec. 14, 2007

NoDak Farmers Continue Fight for Hemp in Federal Appeals Court

News Daily, Dec. 12, 2007 4:11 PM

Acevedo Fires Olsen

Following investigation and hearing, APD Chief Art Acevedo decides to terminate Sgt. Michael Olsen

News Feature, Dec. 7, 2007

Jeffs Sentenced for Being Rape Accomplice

Polygamist prophet gets two consecutive terms of five years to life

News Feature, Nov. 30, 2007

Reefer Madness

North Dakota hemp farmers go to court to defend right to tell DEA to butt out of plans to grow nonnarcotic hemp plant

News Column, Nov. 30, 2007

Messy Investigation of a Mess

Did Austin Police Sgt. Michael Olsen use excessive force when he shot and killed 25-year-old Kevin Brown? According to Internal Affairs, the answer is "inconclusive."

News Feature, Nov. 23, 2007

@ Chronic

Thirsty? Here, Suck on My Shoe.

News Feature, Nov. 23, 2007

New Jersey Might Nix Death Penalty

“I think it is part of this bigger picture where the death penalty is on the defensive.”

News Daily, Nov. 21, 2007 1:21 PM

Thirsty? Here, Suck on My Shoe

Nordstrom pulls flask flip-flop.

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2007 2:55 PM

APD Pot-Hunters Are Data-Mining at AE

Are you using 'too much' energy? Inquiring drug cops want to know.

News Feature, Nov. 16, 2007

Executed Inmate's Wife Sues Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Keller

Suit argues Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller violated Michael Richard's due process rights by refusing to hear his appeal only because it was filed after 5pm, an arbitrary deadline set by Keller

News Feature, Nov. 16, 2007


Travis Co. 200th Civil District Court Judge Gisela Triana does not intend to run for appeals court's chief justice seat

Column, Nov. 16, 2007

Screw Prevention and Treatment, War Is Where It's At

House-Senate approve treatment funds, only to face Bush veto threat.

News Daily, Nov. 15, 2007 9:30 AM

Walters' Wishful Thinking?

Police in Houston and El Paso say the cocaine trade is alive and well despite what Feds say about a supposed shortage.

News Daily, Nov. 9, 2007 9:58 AM

Courtside: From Meurer to Earle

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Portrait of a Refugee

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Court of Criminal Appeals to Accept E-Filing in Death Penalty Cases

Move comes after petition filed in response to judge's decision to close courthouse door before executed inmate's attorneys could file last-minute appeal

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Landlord Officer Fired for Bullying Tenant

Alex Sanchez was indefinitely suspended for forging documents, lying to investigators, and stealing former tenant's truck

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Old Murders, New Cases

Border Patrol agents nab Mexican national wanted for Northeast Austin murder; and man sentenced to life in prison for 1984 killing

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

What the DPS Doesn't Want You to See

Why does it insist it can't release video footage of a Capitol hallway to The Texas Observer? We can only imagine.

News Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Reefer Madness

Feds ease harsh penalties on crack defendants

News Column, Nov. 9, 2007

Second Pot Initiative Passes in Denver

News Daily, Nov. 7, 2007 7:57 AM

Kids 'Crave' Accurate Drug Info

News Daily, Nov. 5, 2007 6:45 PM

Prez Hopefuls Support Prison for Casual Pot Smokers?!

News Daily, Nov. 5, 2007 6:15 PM

Brown Wrong on U.K. Pot Use

News Daily, Nov. 5, 2007 5:55 PM

Judge Denies Laura Hall New Trial

Prosecutors failed to disclose crucial evidence during trial, appeal attorney argues

News Feature, Nov. 2, 2007

Reefer Madness

War on Prohibition is the new War on Drugs

News Column, Nov. 2, 2007

Temples and Playgrounds

Previewing the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Nov. 3-4

Books Feature, Nov. 2, 2007

Chipping Away at Crack Sentencing Disparity

The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-one crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1.

News Daily, Oct. 31, 2007 5:13 PM

Researchers Find Drug Testing Doesn't Deter Student Use

Random drug testing of high school athletes does not reduce their level of self-reported drug use.

News Daily, Oct. 28, 2007 5:18 PM

Tandy Quits Drugs

After four years at the helm, Drug Enforcement Administration head Karen Tandy announced Oct. 22 that she is leaving the agency

News Daily, Oct. 28, 2007 3:12 PM

Unnecessary Roughness?

Austin criminal defense attorney who witnessed police officers 'beating down' two homeless people outside APD headquarters says yes

News Feature, Oct. 26, 2007

Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Austin

Police were attempting to execute drug-related search warrant

News Feature, Oct. 26, 2007

Prehistoric Pregnancy Planning

Bush taps real live dinosaur as administrator of federal family-planning funds

News Feature, Oct. 26, 2007

Reefer Madness

The odd logic behind federal sentencing guidelines

News Column, Oct. 26, 2007

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