Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.
It was a long time coming, but finally America has reached a milestone in the area of criminal justice. In Texas, a former D.A. has made history by becoming the first prosecutor in U.S. to suffer criminal punishment for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.
The Houston Cinema Arts Festival screened An Unreal Dream, the story about Michael Morton, who was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder in 1986 and then trapped in the Texas prison system for 25 years.
Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife.
In releasing Michael Morton after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment, the judge expressed his "sympathies," but said his release proved that the United States "has the best justice system in the world." In fact, it is a frequently evil and generally defective system that thrives on complacency.