Author: Mike LaSusa

Weekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the many ways that soccer and organized crime intersect…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime. Watch the full video below:

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Crime Costs Brazil Tens of Billions Yearly: Study

A new study by Brazil’s government estimates that the cost of crime has risen dramatically over the past two decades, now reaching the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars each year. In light of rising violence and ongoing resource constraints, the authors recommend authorities rethink current public security policies…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Honduras Court Ruling Could Undermine Anti-Graft Body

The Supreme Court in Honduras has issued a complicated ruling on the constitutionality of an independent anti-graft body that keeps the body intact, but could nonetheless undermine a key aspect of how it functions…

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

Paraguay President’s ‘Soul Brother’ Could Surrender in Laundering Case

A friend of Paraguay’s president accused of leading a large, international money laundering scheme has reportedly offered to turn himself in to authorities. But his apparent willingness to cooperate may be a smokescreen for an effort to avoid facing justice…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

New Guatemala Attorney General Likely to Weaken Anti-Corruption Drive

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has chosen a new attorney general who is widely expected to discontinue her predecessor’s forceful anti-corruption drive, a decision that comes as little surprise given the administration’s ramped-up efforts to derail the fight against graft…

This article was written with assistance from Felipe Puerta and Héctor Silva Ávalos. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

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

LaSusa v. Antrim County

The Northern Express, a weekly magazine based in Traverse City, Michigan, covered my lawsuits against the Michigan State Police and Antrim County:

LaSusa and his father, Lawrence LaSusa, a Traverse City attorney … [have] sued Antrim County and the state police in an effort to get the courts to agree with their interpretation of Michigan’s FOI Act — which mandates that police agencies can’t charge for police reports when those reports are released for the common good…

Read the full article by Patrick Sullivan at the Northern Express.