Journalism in the Public Interest


Chisun Lee

Chisun Lee was a reporter at ProPublica. Her coverage of Guantanamo and terrorism-related detention problems won a 2010 Overseas Press Club Award for general excellence and was honored by the American Bar Association. She was a staff writer at the Village Voice for five years, where her reporting on civil liberties issues garnered a Crystal Gavel Award from the New York State Bar Association in 2003 and a 2004 New York Press Club award. A graduate of Harvard Law School and a former Knight Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School, Lee served as a law clerk for a federal district judge in New York. For a year she worked as a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.


Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

An investigation by ProPublica and PBS "Frontline" finds the system to examine unusual fatalities often fails seniors, leaving them vulnerable to neglect, abuse and even murder.

The Child Cases

As part of an ongoing look into the troubled state of death investigation, ProPublica, PBS "Frontline" and NPR identified nearly two dozen cases in the U.S. and Canada in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed or biased work by forensic pathologists, then later cleared.

Document Timeline: The Case of Ernie Lopez

Explore the events leading up to and following the conviction of Ernie Lopez. All events are based on medical, law enforcement and court records.

The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

A joint investigation by ProPublica, PBS "Frontline" and NPR looks into nearly two dozen cases in which people were accused of killing children based on flawed forensic opinions and then later cleared.

Exclusion of Coercion-Tainted Evidence Echoes Other Gitmo Cases

A federal judge's decision today is latest in series of government losses in Gitmo-related cases that relied on evidence gained during coercive interrogations.

Colombian Paramilitaries Extradited to U.S., Where Cases Are Sealed

Colombian paramilitary leaders extradited to the U.S. vanish into the federal court system, angering those who hoped to learn what happened to loved ones.

Rare Interrogator Testimony Defeats Gitmo Torture Claim in Civilian Court

A newly declassified opinion in a Guantanamo prisoner lawsuit gives the most detailed picture yet of how U.S. authorities might overcome allegations that torture taints key evidence.

Judges Reject Interrogation Evidence in Gitmo Cases

The government has lost eight of 15 cases in which Guantánamo inmates have said they or witnesses against them were forcibly interrogated, according to a ProPublica review.

Gitmo Challenges Could Endanger Half of Convictions

Two legal challenges to the Guantanamo military commissions system could undo half the convictions won so far.

Gitmo Judge Recuses Self After Complaint Based on ProPublica Interview

A federal judge has recused himself from a case challenging the detention of a Gitmo prisoner after the detainee’s lawyer complained that views he expressed in a ProPublica interview meant he couldn’t be fair.

As Gitmo Detainees’ Legal Victories Mount, Obama Administration Resists Orders to Release

Despite court rulings that many Guantanamo prisoners are being held unlawfully, the government says it is not obligated to free them.

‘Deem and Pass’ Unlikely to Be Reversed in Courts, Experts Say

The possibility that the House would use a tactic known as "deem and pass" to pass the Senate's health care bill without actually voting on the bill raises the question of whether the measure is constitutional or subject to overturning by the Supreme Court.

Higher Corporate Spending on Election Ads Could Be All but Invisible

The Supreme Court may have allowed corporations to spend more freely on election ads, but if they do, there's practically no way to track who is spending what for -- or against -- whom.

Administration Signals It Won’t Push Legal Limits of Terrorism Detention

Gitmo Judge Urged to Recuse Himself After ProPublica Interview

An attorney for one Guantanamo prisoner asks for the recusal of a federal judge who spoke of the problems presented by the cases.

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

In an unusual move, three federal judges hearing Gitmo challenges say lawmakers need to provide them with guidelines on how long terrorism suspects can be detained without charges.

Judge Who Ordered Release of Uighurs Rules for Another Gitmo Detainee

Saeed Hatim, a Yemeni citizen held at Guantanamo for seven years, should be freed, Judge Ricardo Urbina rules.

More at Stake in Gitmo Court Orders Than Detainees’ Fates

Fundamental questions about habeas corpus rights underlie the legal tug-of-war over the release of some prisoners.

Tracking Obama’s Struggles to Defend Gitmo Detentions

An updated look at the court cases of prisoners who have challenged their detentions at Guantanamo Bay.

New Gitmo Decision Offers Unusual Insight Into Weakness of Government Evidence

A judge with deep national security experience says the record against a Guantanamo prisoner is nothing more than speculation.