James Shiffer

Columnist and team leader | Watchdog and data team
Phone: 612-673-4116
James Eli Shiffer writes the Full Disclosure column and supervises the watchdog and data team. Shiffer joined the Star Tribune in 2005. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Shiffer previously worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Recent content from James Shiffer

Lawyers still unraveling the case of the thieving conservator

Five lawyers, their meters running, sat down in a Hennepin County courtroom last Thursday. The task at hand: Sorting through...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 04:00 PM

Full Disclosure: Fighting secrecy, one drone memo at a time

The death warrant for an American-born terrorist carried an innocuous title.“Applicability of Federal Criminal Laws and the Constitution to Contemplated...

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 06:15 PM

Full Disclosure: U law prof. under fire from angry investors

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and lawsuits, shareholders have alleged that Edward Adams has at times served...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 06:48 PM

Full disclosure: One man's public fight for privacy

The police have never knocked down Rich Neumeister’s door in the middle of the night. They haven’t rifled through his...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 07:16 PM

Full Disclosure: Database solves cold-case mysteries

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

Updated: June 16, 2014, - 07:04 AM

Full Disclosure: A mission to clear his uncle's name

Bob Patrin has spent 30 years trying to clear the name of his uncle Frank, whose death was called a suicide by hanging. What seems to Patrin the sheer absurdity of the official account compells him to try to set the record straight.

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 05:15 PM

Full Disclosure: $200K in custody

The strange journey of the $200 grand in the silver attaché case began when drug investigators raided a Minneapolis tobacco shop.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 01:53 PM

Full Disclosure: Requiem for the ash tree, caught between a chain saw and a bug

Last week marked a sad anniversary for the woods of Minnesota. On May 14, 2009, a dreaded beetle made its...

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 04:38 PM

Full Disclosure: Tough message on labor violations took nearly 7 years to deliver

Two uninvited visitors showed up at a work site deep in the woods of northern Minnesota.Inspectors from the U.S. Department...

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 09:16 PM

Full Disclosure: What's in those rail cars?

When it comes to hazardous rail freight, the public just has to have faith.

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 09:15 PM

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