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School’s Out: Legal Apprentices Take Alternative Path To Bar

A handful of states let would-be attorneys carve an alternative path to the bar through apprenticeships. Advocates say these programs, despite some drawbacks, could bring more diversity to the field by providing an option for those without the time or money for law school…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

 

Argentina Sees Convictions But No Closure In Terror Attack Cover-Up Trial

An Argentine federal court on Thursday convicted several individuals of meddling with the official investigation into the South American country’s deadliest incident of terrorism, the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed more than 80 people…

Read this piece in its entirety at LobeLog.

Brazil goes to the polls on Sunday. It could be the country’s most important election ever.

Brazil’s leading presidential candidate, a far-right politician named Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed at a campaign rally last month in an attack that left him in serious condition. When the candidate returned home from the hospital last week, Brazilians staged large demonstrations both for and against his controversial, ultra-conservative agenda…

Read this piece in its entirety at Vox.

Venezuela’s New Digital Currency: Economic Gamble or Criminal Scam?

Venezuela is planning to launch a new digital currency called the “petro,” which officials in the South American country have billed as a way to ameliorate a dire economic situation. But experts say the petro could be used for more sinister purposes, including corruption and money laundering…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

InSight Crime’s Favorite Fan Mail of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, InSight Crime takes a look back at some of our favorite interactions with our audience this year. Some are genuinely nice thank you notes or even  praise. Others are profanity-laced tirades about perceived biases or shortcomings in our coverage. And some are just plain weird…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?

When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an October 2015 meeting the kingpin held with Hollywood star Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Now, extensive reporting by InSight Crime combined with evidence presented in a new documentary film series has called into question details of various narratives surrounding these events…

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

Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact of this investment. But one hotly debated study highlights the challenges of measuring security assistance outcomes, as well as the need for a greater body of analysis about the efficacy of such initiatives…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.