My latest story is for the New Yorker, in its October 24 issue. It's about an investigator who handles wrongful convictions and starts to doubt one of his own cases, a 1995 murder in the Bronx. "The sad part is that getting an innocent man out of jail is way, way, way harder than putting a guilty man in jail," the investigator told me. The number of exonerations nationwide last year set a record, and this story looks at why there are so many wrongful convictions, and why they're so difficult to overturn.
I was a reporter at The New York Times from 2008 until earlier this year, where I covered courts, business, and media. On the court beat, I've covered subjects including Loretta Lynch, the attorney general; the Vincent Asaro "Goodfellas trial"; the pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli; ex-Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes; congressman Michael Grimm; state senator John Sampson; FIFA; a first-of-its-kind civil case where a bank was sued for financing terrorism; and various Al Qaeda, ISIS, gang and murder cases.
I've also written about legal issues including why the U.S. is trying so many foreigners here, whether prosecutors can require silence around subpoenas, and how prosecutors are eavesdropping on attorney-client communications from jail. On the lighter side, I've also written about everything from walking my cat on a leash to why women's clothing sizes are so maddening to how not to get picked for jury duty. All of my Times articles are accessible at this link. Here are some of my favorites:
* Walking out of prison with Freddie Cox, who did 28 years for a murder that records suggest he didn't commit.
* The storied bloodline of a racing husky/Westminster dog show contender.
* A series on the tenuous rebirth of American manufacturing, starting with a look at U.S. textile factories returning — just without the corresponding workforce. Here's part two and part three of that series.
* If you think your family has high expectations for filial duty, imagine what it's like to be a Von Trapp running the family business.