This story provides facts, reveals wrongs, while weaving a good tale and involving the reader in the lives of its characters. In the words of the piece’s editor, Bruce DeSilva: “In telling the story, we disdained the usual term-paper-indictment approach of most investigative reports and instead spun the yarn. The story not only got huge play but resulted in the convictions all being thrown out.” The story won Luo, who was 27, George Polk and Livingston awards.

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