Cameron Oakes, Columbia Journalism InvestigationsReporter
Cameron Oakes is a graduate of the Stabile investigative-reporting program at Columbia Journalism School. She covers the criminal justice system and military and veterans affairs, and is passionate about improving public records access. Her work has appeared in NPR, NBC News, MSNBC, The Choice on Peacock, Haaretz English, Latin America News Dispatch and more.
When prosecutors make mistakes at trial, judges can call that improper conduct a harmless error, saying it didn’t impact the verdict. But some experts say that legal doctrine has gone too far.
A first-of-its-kind analysis of Ohio appellate cases with allegations of withheld evidence is a window into what many experts consider a largely invisible national problem.