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Brett Murphy

Brett Murphy

Brett Murphy is a reporter on ProPublica’s national desk. His work uncovering a new junk science in the justice system known as 911 call analysis won a George Polk Award, among other honors. Murphy joined the newsroom in May 2022, after working as an investigative reporter at USA Today, where he covered labor, criminal justice and the federal government. Murphy has won several national journalism awards, including the International Livingston Award for his investigation into a U.S. military attack on its own security forces in Afghanistan, which killed dozens of civilians, including as many as 60 children. He and a team shared a Hillman Prize for their series on whistleblower retaliation inside police departments. Murphy’s stories on widespread labor abuses in California’s port trucking industry was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize and spurred a raft of reforms. Before USA Today, Murphy covered courts and hurricanes for the Naples Daily News and other Gannett newspapers. He also co-founded the “Local Matters” newsletter, a weekly roundup of the best investigative and watchdog reporting from local newsrooms around the country. Murphy is based in Brooklyn.

A ‘delicate matter’: Clarence Thomas’ private complaints about money sparked fears he’d resign

By: , , and - December 29, 2023

This story was originally produced by ProPublica which is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ decades-long friendship with real estate tycoon Harlan Crow and Samuel Alito’s luxury travel with billionaire Paul Singer have raised questions about influence and ethics at the nation’s highest court. In early January 2000, Supreme Court Justice Clarence […]

The judiciary has policed itself for decades. It doesn’t work.

By: and - December 26, 2023

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ decadeslong friendship with real estate tycoon Harlan Crow and Samuel Alito’s luxury travel with billionaire Paul Singer have raised questions about influence and ethics at the nation’s highest court. For decades, judges have relied on a select group to make sure the judiciary adheres to the highest ethical standards: themselves. […]

38 vacations: The other billionaires who treated Clarence Thomas to luxury travel

By: and - August 10, 2023

  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ decades-long friendship with real estate tycoon Harlan Crow and Samuel Alito’s luxury travel with billionaire Paul Singer have raised questions about influence and ethics at the nation’s highest court. During his three decades on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has enjoyed steady access to a lifestyle most Americans can […]