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Prosecutors Will Not Appeal Judge's Decision to Overturn Angel Echavarria's Murder Conviction

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 06.03.2015 | Crime
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Angel Echavarria, who served 21 years of a life sentence for murder, cleared one more hurdle on the path to freedom for a crime he has always insisted he did not commit. The Essex County District Attorney's office confirmed yesterday that it will not appeal Judge David A. Lowy's decision overturning Echavarria's conviction and ordering a new trial.

When O.J. Blames His Lawyer

Joel Cohen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

A lawyer is obliged to zealously stand behind and maintain the confidences of his client (or former client). But not when the client, with nothing left to lose, is willing to throw caution to the wind and take the lawyer down in his place.

Radley Balko

Appeals Courts Give Misbehaving Prosecutors Privilege Of Anonymity

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Last month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a prosecutor in San Mateo County, Calif., committed "t...

Mike Sacks

Absurdly Bad Plea Bargain Advice Violates Constitution, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants who receive deficient or absurdly bad plea bargaining advice from their lawyers have had their constitutional rights violated...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Asked How Much Bad Lawyering The Constitution Allows

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Anthony Cooper shot a fleeing woman in the thigh and buttocks back in 2003, his lawyer advised him to reject the prosecution's deal...