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Thursday reading: the best investigative reporting on the Web

By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman

Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.

Story of the day: In 1995, a brutal murder by a Massachusetts teen prompted a law requiring juvenile "super predators'' to be tried in adult court. But an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University finds that inequities have grown up in the juvenile justice system since passage of this 1996 law. A review of these cases found no obvious pattern to explain why some killers got life without parole and others got lesser sentences. What is clear, however, is that the law has not been applied consistently to the most grievous murder cases.

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Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.