With a New Tool, The Marshall Project Has Turned the Internet Into a Tipline

Last month, Tom Meagher was on vacation in Prague when he got an email from a tipster. It was important news.

Meagher, the deputy managing editor of The Marshall Project, checked his phone and saw that a Texas court was staying the execution of Rolando Ruiz, a convicted San Antonio hitman. He read the court’s decision, then updated The Marshall Project’s execution database before breakfast. It took him 15 minutes.

“I clicked through, read the decision and verified that it meant what I thought it did,” Meagher said.

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