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Judge vacates conviction in 13-year-old Lodi terror case

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In a stunning move, the federal judge in Sacramento who oversaw the trial and conviction of accused Lodi terror suspect Hamid Hayat 13 years ago has ordered the conviction and sentence vacated. The IRP began reporting on Hayat in 2006 for PBS Frontline. Former IRP reporter Abbie VanSickle continued coverage in her 2016 series with the IRP for The Intercept.

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The Navy didn’t take my reporting seriously

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The IRP’s Zachary Stauffer, producer of Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, writes for The Atlantic about how the U.S. Navy consistently refused to participate in or cooperate with his reporting and research. To learn more about why, he and reporter Jason Paladino obtained emails using a Freedom of Information Act request that reveal how naval officers are discounting critical reporting. The messages show that the Navy’s public affairs staff are more concerned with damage control than confronting the issues revealed.

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The Chief: The Remarkable—Sometimes Shocking—Career of Fresno’s Top Cop

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Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer is one of the longest-serving leaders of a big-city police department in modern California history. But his tenure has been marred by scandal and corruption among the officers who serve under him. In a story for KQED he researched and wrote at the IRP, reporter Andrew Beale investigates both Dyer and his department.

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Behind the scenes of the Goldsmith Prize-nominated documentary “Trafficked in America”

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The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy’s Journalist’s Resource interviewed Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel about Trafficked in America, a  documentary about an Ohio egg farm’s exploitation of trafficked Guatemalan workers produced by the IRP and PBS Frontline. The Shorenstein Center awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, for which Altan and Cediel’s film is a finalist. The prize winner will be announced on March 12.

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CJR writes about IRP’s reporting on police corruption

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The Columbia Journalism Review has published an article about California Attorney General Xaiver Beccerra threatening legal action if IRP reporters Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino do not return data on criminally convicted police officers. The journalists received documents through public records requests. Lewis and Paladino have refused to turn over the data and have been carefully vetting the names listed in the documents.

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Attorney General doesn’t rule out legal action against journalists over police conviction data

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In statements on Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra refused to rule out legal action against journalists at the Investigative Reporting Program and Investigative Studios. Through public records requests, the reporters obtained documents listing state police officers who have been convicted of crimes. Three weeks after receiving the lists, Becerra’s office sent a letter demanding that the reporters destroy the lists and threatening legal action if any of the contents are published.

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