Selected Writing

The House Speaker and the "Hit Man"

A Republican state lawmaker devised a bribery scheme that ended in a trial and a death — and showed why corruption has become harder to prosecute.

Empty Suits

In Uniontown — a whistle-stop in Alabama’s Black Belt — an object lesson in defamation law and the rising price of dissent in America.

How the Trump Administration Went Easy on Small-Town Police Abuses

On Louisiana’s Cajun Prairie, broken promises by the U.S. Justice Department leave the town of Ville Platte resigned to a future of arbitrary imprisonment.

The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race

The forgotten tale of a whistleblower, a muckraker, Wernher von Braun & the Sputnik launch.

Selected Features & Essays

Selected News Reporting