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Picks of the Week: DNA Exonerations, Pork Spending and Mistress Pay-Offs

POSTED: 03:53 PM ET, 10/17/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Each week, the editors at The Post's Investigations unit and blog comb through in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the country and select the most notable projects of the week.

This week was especially competitive, with examples of great investigative reporting from Salt Lake City, Seattle, Dallas, New York and Chicago. That being said, here's a round-up of our top three picks of the week:

Exonerations Show Flaws in Dallas' Criminal Justice System

A three-part series by The Dallas Morning News delves into 19 DNA-based criminal exonerations in Dallas County, where the district attorney has re-examined wrongful prosecutions.

The News' Steve McGonigle and Jennifer Emily were rare access to files and reviewed the cases, finding that law enforcement agencies still rely heavily on eyewitness testimony "even if corroborating evidence is weak and despite decades of research showing its shortcomings;" and the problems with photo line-ups and showups, which are also known as "drive-by" identifications.

Earmark 'Reform' Doesn't Catch $3.5B in Hidden Spending

Culling through thousands of earmarks, The Seattle Times found $3.5 billion in undisclosed pork-barrel spending tucked in the 2008 defense bill.

The Times' David Heath and Christine Willmsen found that the House broke new ethics rules at least 110 times by failing to disclose earmarks, and that the hidden allocations ranged from $8 million for lighting purchased from a financially troubled company in North Carolina to $588 million for a submarine that wasn't requested by the military.

Rep. Mahoney's Handling of Alleged Affair Sparks FBI Probe

Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.), the congressman who was elected to his seat in West Palm Beach after former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) was caught in a scandal involving underage male pages, allegedly had an affair with a woman in his office and agreed to pay her $121,000 after she was fired, ABC News reported

ABC News' Emma Schwartz, Rhonda Schwartz and Vic Walter found that Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000-a-year job at the agency that handled his campaign advertising.

The revelations sparked a preliminary FBI probe and Mahoney's somewhat vague admission to causing his family "embarrassment and heartache." Mahoney has called for a congressional review of the allegations.

By Derek Kravitz |  October 17, 2008; 3:53 PM ET Top Picks
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During the debates it was clear the Senator from Illinois wants to dis the President. mc Cain pointed out he is not George Bush. Later Obama appears at a podium stating Bush again.
I decided to go see for myself how much is there to this over mouthed dislike of what Bush does.

I found this page

and after viewing it, I have questions.
Can your paper clarify clearly the Obama plan for us in the Middle East?

Can your paper clarify clearly Mc Cain's plans?

I hesitate to ask NBC due to the slice and dice in editing we got from Engle's interview with the President.

I realize you endorse Obama, but, THINGS CHANGE DAILY IN THE WORLD,so unbiased reporting of facts is still the best route.

Posted by: dottydo | October 17, 2008 6:05 PM

Mr. Obama recently mentioned the lessons of history.

I would like to ask him questions about history and what he really knows.
I have my doubts.
Does he know ( just for example of a guy called MACHIAVELLI). I bet he Knows if somebody teached him.

Does he know about history? I wish to find out more from him.
Does he know that it is by beeing involved in a country we teach the new generation how to change and every year we stand with the people the better they will understand the freedom values.

I stop here, but I wish Mr. Obama to show his knowledge in history...


Posted by: Lorenzo | October 22, 2008 7:40 PM

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