The strange case of Denny Hastert: The other reason why his indictment is so disturbing

When does the demand that someone pay for the harm they’ve caused become extortion? The line between, on the one hand, seeking legal compensation for injuries, and, on the other, shaking someone down via threats of blackmail, turns out to be somewhat blurry.  Take the case of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. According… Read More The strange case of Denny Hastert: The other reason why his indictment is so disturbing

What happened to Lauren Spierer? A new case may hold clues about the missing Indiana student

The mysterious case of Lauren Spierer has bewildered detectives in the charming college town of Bloomington, Ind., since June 2011, when the Indiana University sophomore disappeared after a night of partying. Despite sustained national media attention and a steady flow of tips — hundreds each year since Spierer went missing — the investigation has yet… Read More What happened to Lauren Spierer? A new case may hold clues about the missing Indiana student

Anchorage mayoral candidate Demboski’s divorce cases raise question of truthfulness

It took two court cases for Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski to dissolve her marriage to her first husband, an Air Force airman named Christian Dempsey. Put together, the cases suggest that one or the other spouse — or both — had not been truthful under oath. The necessity for two cases to dissolve a single… Read More Anchorage mayoral candidate Demboski’s divorce cases raise question of truthfulness

Marilyn Mosby, Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case, Takes a Stand and Calms a Troubled City

BALTIMORE — Shortly before she became the youngest top prosecutor in any major American city, Marilyn J. Mosby, a daughter and granddaughter of police officers, had tough words about how the nation’s criminal justice system had handled mistreatment of black men by the police. “It’s been 78 days since Michael Brown was shot in the… Read More Marilyn Mosby, Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case, Takes a Stand and Calms a Troubled City