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The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive
July 5, 2011 --

A joint investigation by ProPublica, PBS “Frontline” and NPR looks into nearly two dozen cases in which people were accused of killing children based on flawed forensic opinions and then later cleared. Among them: Melonie Ware, acquitted at a DeKalb County retrial in 2009 after spending more than a year in jail for the alleged murder of a 9-month-old boy she was babysitting.

Brain injuries remain undiagnosed in thousands of soldiers

Brain injuries remain undiagnosed in thousands of soldiers
June 12, 2010 --

The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found. Tens of thousands of troops with mild traumatic brain injuries have gone uncounted, according to unpublished military research obtained by ProPublica and NPR. “When someone’s missing a limb, you can see that,” said Sgt. William Fraas, a Bronze Star recipient. “When someone has a brain injury, you can’t see it, but it’s still serious.”