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

Document Timeline: The Case of Ernie Lopez

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 Wednesday -- excluding key evidence from the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee -- is the latest, and perhaps most significant, in a 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 have been extradited to the U.S., where their cases are sealed, angering those who hoped to find what happened to family members in two decades of violence.

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

Decisions on two legal challenges to the Guantanamo military commissions system, expected this summer, could undo half the convictions won so far and disrupt a number of pending cases.

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. The plantiff's lawyer said the comments of Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that "How confident can I be that if I make the wrong choice that he won’t be the one that blows up the Washington Monument or the Capitol?" could drive him to deny her client’s request for release.

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

The government is failing in many cases to prove that the men it has imprisoned at Guantanamo belong there. But in spite of court findings that the prisoners are being held unlawfully, the administration insists 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, because it's easy for companies to hide behind nonprofits like the Chamber of Commerce.

Judge Who Ordered Release of Uighurs Rules for Another Gitmo Detainee

Saeed Hatim, a Yemeni citizen who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for seven years, is being held unlawfully and should be freed, Judge Ricardo Urbina has ruled. Urbina's earlier ruling ordering the release of a group of Uighur prisoners is still awaiting action by the Supreme Court.

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