I don't follow boxing much, but I remember clearly when the fighter Arturo Gatti died. The story was an international sensation. In July of 2009, the 37-year-old former welterweight champion was found facedown in a pool of blood in a Brazilian resort.
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This is what justice in Arkansas looks like: On Aug. 19, 2011, Judge David Laser in Craighead County released three men who had spent the last 18 years in prison, one of them on death row. But as part of an unusual plea agreement, the three men -- Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley -- who insist they are innocent, had to first plead guilty to three counts of murder.
It struck more than a few observers in the packed courtroom that morning that the surreal spectacle had very little to do with justice. As one of the newly freed men, Jason Baldwin, later described it, "When we told prosecutors we were innocent, they put us in prison for life. Now when we plead guilty, they set us free!"Continue »
(CBS) - Some time on the evening of April 7, 2006, Matt Baker snuffed out the life of his 31-year-old wife, Kari. Kari had become a liability. Baker, a Baptist preacher in Waco, Texas, was having an affair with a young woman in his congregation and simply couldn't risk getting a divorce.Continue »
(CBS) - Somewhere in the New York City area, a man is hunting down young women and callously killing them. He finds his victims online where they advertise their services as escorts and prostitutes. He is relatively young. He is also charming and persuasive, able to convince even the most cautious and experienced to let down her guard and go off with him in the night.Continue »
NEW YORK (CBS) As a reporter who covers murder cases prior to trial, I sometimes encounter an unusual dilemma: how do I report incriminating evidence we uncover during our investigation? What happens if a prosecutor decides to use it at trial? How do I avoid becoming an arm of the prosecution by bolstering a case against a defendant?
Even when the evidence indicates the person is most likely guilty of a crime, it is unsettling for a reporter to think her work might contribute to a guilty verdict. That is exactly what my producers and I faced in the case of Matt Baker.Continue »
Last year, Lisker was released after spending 26 years in prison for the murder of his mother. Lisker's release came after a federal judge ruled that the evidence used to convict him was either questionable or utterly false.
Photo: Matt Baker listens in Waco, Texas court Jan. 19, 2010, as ex-mistress tells jury he planned to kill wife.
I have interviewed him and his lead defense attorney, Guy James Gray, extensively since the fall of 2007. Baker has always insisted that his wife Kari committed suicide in the late hours of April 7, 2006 because she was despondent over the death of their daughter Kassidy seven years earlier. He stuck with that story even as we learned more about the case and confronted him with numerous inconsistencies we found in his story.
Photo: Vanessa Bulls testifies in Waco, Texas court Jan. 19, 2010.
Bulls is the star witness at the murder trial of her former lover, Matt Baker, the Texas preacher who prosecutors say drugged his wife, handcuffed her to the bed under the guise of spicing up their marriage, then smothered her with a pillow until she died in 2006.
Photo: Matt and Kari Baker.
Since I first began reporting on this case more than two years ago, Baker has insisted his wife committed suicide and denied the existence of a girlfriend.