Weekly InSight: Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’ – The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

In our October 11 Facebook Live session, co-director Steven Dudley and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime’s new investigation of the complicated criminal ties of the mayor of Ipala, Guatemala — Esduin Javier Javier, also known as “Tres Kiebres.”

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Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil’s Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military itself, a controversial move that has been linked to impunity for abusive security forces in other cases…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Latin Americans Say Corruption Worsening, But They Can Fight It

A new analysis paints a dark portrait of corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean. A majority of citizens say the problem is getting worse and governments are failing to address it. However, the study also shows that citizens throughout the region remain confident in their ability to make a difference in the fight against graft…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Independent Journalist Sues Michigan State Police, Antrim County for Non-Compliance With Freedom of Information Act

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2017
For more information, contact Mike LaSusa:  mikelasusa1@gmail.com


Independent Journalist Sues Michigan State Police, Antrim County for Non-Compliance With Freedom of Information Act 

Independent journalist Mike LaSusa has filed lawsuits alleging that the Michigan State Police and Antrim County are attempting to block the public’s access to records concerning a controversial murder-suicide case by charging excessive fees that are unlawful under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.

LaSusa, a journalist who has covered crime and security issues in the United States and abroad for several years, is seeking public records related to the case of Anne Avery Miller, a resident of northern lower Michigan who was criminally charged for her son Sam’s 2007 murder and later committed suicide while in the custody of Antrim County police. (The State Police were also involved in this investigation.)

The release of the requested records could help clarify the events surrounding Sam’s death as well as his mother’s jailhouse suicide, which involved alleged law enforcement incompetence throughout the investigation, prosecution and incarceration. Avery Miller and many of those close to her insisted that she was innocent of the crime with which she had been charged, and that her death was the result of improper behavior on the part of law enforcement and judicial officials.

Despite the fact that the release of the requested records would clearly serve the public interest, both Antrim County and the Michigan State Police have attempted to bar access to the records by charging excessive fees for processing this request.

LaSusa’s lawsuits seek to compel the disclosure of the records requested in this case. They also seek to establish a precedent for other citizens and journalists seeking records under the FOIA that are clearly in the public interest. Public bodies should not be allowed to stonewall access to records of public interest by charging excessive and unwarranted fees.

Mike LaSusa is represented by his father Lawrence LaSusa of LaSusa Law Offices in this matter. For more information, please contact Mike LaSusa by email at mikelasusa1@gmail.com.

Copies of the filed complaints are available below in PDF form.

Michigan State Police Complaint

Antrim County Complaint

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Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Back Against US ‘Kingpin List’

Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming attempt to push back against the US Treasury Department’s recent blacklisting of two Mexican celebrities…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving emigration from the region. The findings suggest current policies aimed at addressing these issues may lack an adequate emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive measures for deterring crime and migration…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Dany Romero – Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life of Dany Romero, and how Romero’s story illustrates the complexities of determining who is a gang member in El Salvador

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime. You can watch the full live stream below: