Lise Olsen with Robert McClure
An investigative reporter who has done most of her work in Texas - at the Houston Chronicle and Texas Observer, especially - Lise Olsen tracked a story down involving a federal judge and a sexual assault case (involving the judge himself), and uncovered a whole web of systemic coverups that have enabled unchecked cases of misconduct. That work has now grown into her first book, Code of Silence: Sexual Misconduct by Federal Judges, the Secret System That Protects Them, and the Women Who Blew the Whistle (Beacon Press).
“At once heartbreaking, infuriating, and heroic, Code of Silence is a masterpiece of #MeToo investigative journalism that takes apart gross injustice within the court system and the judges who rule over it—and likewise rule over the women who support them. Olsen’s writing is as propulsive as it is informative as she teaches readers why judges are nearly invincible and how women who suffer abuse at their hands are without recourse. As a journalist, Olsen is tenacious in her pursuit of judicial wrongdoing and sensitive in the way she paints the women who are at the center of her endeavors. This new entry in the #MeToo genre is not to be missed.” —Donna Freitas.
“A long overdue exposé on how the judicial system suppresses claims of sexual harassment against judges. In this new era of reckoning with sexual assault and harassment, Code of Silence is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how institutions subvert efforts to end gender-based violence.”—Anita Hill.
Robert McClure, investigative reporter and co-founder of nonprofit Investigate West, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of numerous journalism awards including Best of the West and the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. He's been named by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle’s “most influential” people. He and author Lise Olsen previously worked together as investigative reporters at the Seattle P-I and share an affinity for hard-hitting work that holds the powerful to account.