Most recent work edited by Ethan:
An “Execute Them At Any Cost Mentality”: The Supreme Court’s New, Bloodthirsty Era (Politico Magazine/The Garrison Project)
Baltimore Police Unit Under Fire for Deadly Shootings, Questionable Stops (Baltimore Brew/The Garrison Project)
Does The Allegheny County DA’s Criminal Justice Strategy Unfairly Punish Black People? (Black Pittsburgh/The Garrison Project)
In Louisiana, Police Reform Led Directly to a “Torture Warehouse” (Slate/The Garrison Project)
Moonlighting Texas Prosecutor Sued (The Texas Observer/The Garrison Project)
Florida Has Found a New, Devious Way to Thwart Liberal Judges and Prosecutors (Slate/The Garrison Project)
Texas Takes Attacks on Austin to New Level with Death Star Law (Slate/The Garrison Project)
Aim Lower. Liberals have lost the Supreme Court for a generation. Their only hope is to seize state courts and launch a counterrevolution. (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project)
After The Gun Trace Task Force Scandal, BPD Established New Plainclothes Units. Are They More Of The Same? (Baltimore Magazine/The Garrison Project)
What If The Worst Crime Imaginable Never Happened? (The New Republic/The Garrison Project)
This Cop Unleashed A Reign Of Terror, Say The Wrongfully Accused (Rolling Stone/The Garrison Project)
A Cop Sexually Assaulted Their Son. Then Child Protective Services Retaliated. (The New Republic/The Garrison Project)
Too few released from NC prisons decades after teen crime convictions, advocates say (News and Observer/The Garrison Project)
Celeb Prosecutor’s Own Kidnapping Is Now A True Crime Fiasco (The Daily Beast/The Garrison Project)
The Quiet Political Rise Of David Sacks (The New Republic/The Garrison Project).
The NYPD Brutalized Protesters In 2020. Will It Face A Reckoning? (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project).
‘We Don’t Know How Many Women Are Out There Like That’ (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project).
How Texas Became The Most Virulently Anti-Trans State in America (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project).
David Simon Made Baltimore Detectives Famous. Now Their Cases Are Falling Apart. (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project).
She Supported Her Child Being Trans. So The State Separated Them. (New York Magazine/The Garrison Project).
Human Trafficking Sting Nets No Human Trafficking Charges (Slate/The Garrison Project).
Why Our Fixation On The Murder Rate Is Killing Us (Slate/The Garrison Project).
The Wrong Prosecutors Are Getting Recalled (Slate/The Garrison Project).
The Biggest Threat To Trans Kids In Texas Is Child Protective Services (Slate/The Garrison Project).
The Real Reason Democrats Can’t Agree On How To Address Rising Crime (Slate/The Garrison Project).
The Manhattan DA Started a Panic With Supposedly Soft-on-Crime Policies. His Critics Are Wrong. (The New Republic/The Garrison Project).
North Carolina Appeals Courts Have Never Found That Prosecutors Discriminated Against Black Jurors. Two Cases Could Change That. (The Intercept/The Garrison Project).
Eric Adams’ “Blueprint To End Gun Violence” Is a Trojan Horse (Slate/The Garrison Project)
Major Media Outlets Can’t Stop Describing Police Violence As ‘Officer-Involved’ Incidents (The Huffington Post/The Garrison Project)
Give People Safe Drugs (The New Republic/The Garrison Project)
Work edited by Ethan At The Appeal:
NYPD’s troubled Special Victims Division; an Alabama woman who faced life imprisonment for killing her rapist; “gang” raids in the Bronx; the mysterious death of a Queens sex worker; New York City prosecutors and “Brady Lists” of bad cops; a Houston police officer’s racially disparate arrests; the NYPD’s use of facial recognition technology; a federal police misconduct case that might imperil hundreds of criminal cases in a Louisiana parish; the informant history of a Philadelphia man who shot six police officers; the use of hate crime laws in Pennsylvania to suppress anti-law enforcement sentiment; conditions of confinement at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center; the misconduct history of officers at the NYPD’s 34th precinct; the death of a man in mental health crisis at the Sacramento County jail; a California court’s destruction of files in a historic Oakland police corruption case; a Louisiana Gulf War veteran sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 worth of marijuana under the state’s habitual offender statute; the death of a Black father as he awaited sentencing in a controversial case brought by Preet Bharara; drug induced homicide cases in Florida state court and federal court in Pennsylvania; the early death of a Louisiana woman cleared in a New Orleans murder case marred by police misconduct; a Florida State Attorney’s abysmal record prosecuting sexual battery cases; a Florida police department known as the “Stop-And-Frisk Capital of America“; the NYPD’s high rate of closing sexual assault cases under the code “C-3, Uncooperative Complainant”; the New Orleans police raid that launched a protest movement by the city’s sex workers; a pattern of police in California killing sleeping people; the Oakland Police Department systematically underreporting use of force; a California police department’s troubling investigation of an officer-involved shooting; Bronx police officers caught on tape celebrating a copwatcher’s arrest; abuse allegations at New York’s “shock incarceration” programs; the flaws inherent in “failure to appear” rates; incarcerated firefighters in Arizona; “trafficking” operations by Florida sheriffs that ensnare people engaged in consensual sex work; a Louisiana Supreme Court decision on a New Orleans woman convicted of murder for killing her abusive husband; pre-trial detainees billed for their stay in jail; the Bronx DA’s prosecution of a victim in a subway fight; a law in Washington state that makes it nearly impossible to prosecute police killings; an epidemic of jail deaths in Erie County, New York; California law enforcement agencies shredding police misconduct files; a police shooting caught by Baltimore’s surveillance plane; a Florida probation court where defendants face humiliation from a judge; a heroin case prosecuted by Preet Bharara that drew “Breaking Bad” comparisons but ensnared a small-time dealer; a mysterious death in California turned into a homicide by a detective and prosecutor; a fired Louisiana prosecutor who had “whites only” signs in a property he owned; police misconduct that surfaced during the last jury trial in California before the COVID-19 lockdown; a DA’s efforts to decarcerate frustrated by Philadelphia judges as the novel coronavirus spread; an account of the death of Freddie Gray that yielded numerous unreported eyewitness accounts of force by officers; allegations of union busting and PPE shortages at a vegan meat company in North Carolina; West Virginia cities using evictions to combat the opioid epidemic; the history of true crime’s whiteness and obedience to police narratives; the slowing of reviews of wrongful convictions in Michigan thanks to COVID-19 (with Type Investigations); the IRS unlawfully clawing back stimulus checks meant for incarcerated people (with Type Investigations); the Missouri Attorney General’s push to keep innocent people in prison (with Injustice Watch); an NYPD unit tasked with policing protests that has dozens of officers with long histories of misconduct allegations; an analysis of The Doe Fund’s street sweeping program later cited in The New York Times’ obituary of George McDonald; Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s use of public transportation shutdowns and the raising of bridges to suppress racial justice protests; the fall of an FBI Agent who investigated a Louisiana DA who abused women for decades; a first of its kind study of women incarcerated for protecting themselves or a loved one from physical or sexual violence (with The New Republic and The Pulitzer center; Longreads pick; the piece is also the basis for a forthcoming book to be published by Ecco); informal childcare arrangements known as “shadow foster care” (with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism); the use of force history of a captain at one of the most troubled police departments in the U.S.; at least 5 insurrectionists who were involved in a violent “Patriot March” in San Diego just days after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol; a profile of the first Black woman to serve as chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court (Longform and Longreads pick); a pattern and practice of the Vallejo Police Department killing unarmed people; an examination of the troubling, often illegitimate tactics deployed by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gun Recovery Unit; and an investigation into widespread non-compliance by California law enforcement agencies with a state law mandating disclosure of records related to police shootings and police misconduct.
At The Appeal, I also edited commentary on plans to shutter Rikers Island; inequality—not violence—as a 21st century killer; a wrongful conviction in San Francisco under Kamala Harris; plainclothes policing in Baltimore; the Prison Litigation Reform Act; a Boston DA’s “do not prosecute” list; how prosecutors can address sexual violence in the #MeToo era; a sexual assault survivor’s embrace of abolition after Ken Starr’s handling of her rape case; a prison abolitionist’s argument that incarcerating Amber Guyger does not represent justice for Botham Jean; the carceral feminism of Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein; Amy Klobuchar’s troubled prosecution of Myon Burrell; a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge’s history of sexual harassment; lessons from Hurricane Katrina for the COVID-19 recovery to come; and a little-known legal mechanism that allows states to override progressive policies in cities.
Written and reported by Ethan:
The Man Who Cracked The Code of LA’s Notorious Sheriff’s Gangs (New York Magazine)
The incredible story of New Orleans’ first black female homicide detective (The Guardian/The Appeal)
Caging Kids Is An American Tradition (The Appeal)
The Secret Story of Corruption Behind Meek Mill’s Incarceration (The Appeal; a Longform pick)
What the DOJ’s report on Baltimore teaches us about cops, sex workers and corruption (The Marshall Project)
Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8? (Matter/Medium)
The Resurrection of Lil Boosie (Playboy)
To Live and Die in Chiraq (Playboy)