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Prosecutor Misconduct

California Prosecutor Faces One-Year Suspension For Falsifying Confession

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics

A county prosecutor in California who falsified a defendant’s confession and then said it was just a “joke” he was playing on a public defender ...

Cheating California Prosecutors Face Prison Under New Law

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics

California prosecutors who knowingly withhold or falsify evidence can now be charged with a felony and go to prison under a law signed Friday by Gov. ...

Court Says Orange County DA's Tactic To Disqualify Judge Who Exposed Misconduct Was 'Abusive'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES ― Justices for a California appellate court said in an opinion Monday that a tactic used repeatedly by the beleaguered Orange County Dis...

ACLU Blasts Orange County DA Office For Refusing To Release Public Records In Informant Scandal

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The ACLU of Southern California is demanding that the Orange County District Attorney's Office turn over public records related to a ja...

These Are America's 'Deadliest' Prosecutors

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics

Prosecutors who seek the death penalty more frequently than their peers have had alarmingly high rates of misconduct, according to a report analyzing ...

Beating Of Defense Attorney Could Be Last Straw For Embattled DA's Office

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Two of the largest associations of criminal defense attorneys in California are calling for an independent investigation into the belea...

Jailhouse Snitch Scandal In Orange County Unravels Another Murder Case

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES ― An ongoing jailhouse snitch scandal rocking Orange County’s justice system unraveled yet another murder case Thursday when a judge r...

These Panels Could Be The Best Hope For Innocent Victims Of The Criminal Justice System

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Vanessa Gathers was convicted on robbery and assault charges in 1998 for the death of a 71-year-old Brooklyn man. She was sentenced to 10 years in pri...

Prosecutors Are Almost Never Disciplined For Misconduct

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

In 1994, Anthony Graves was convicted on charges of setting a fire that killed six people in south Texas. He spent the next 18 years in prison -- 12 o...

Judge: OC Prosecutors Violated Constitution By Avoiding Judge Who Exposed Misconduct

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Orange County District Attorney's Office has unconstitutionally "disrupted" justice in the county by blocking murder cases from bei...

911 Tape Proves Inmate's Innocence, But DA Won't Release Him: Lawyer

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.19.2015 | Crime

A Louisiana man imprisoned for a carjacking he says he didn't commit has served nine years behind bars, even though the prosecution's file contained c...

Former St. Louis Prosecutor Admits To Covering Up Brutal Police Beating Of A Suspect

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

A former St. Louis prosecutor covered up a vicious beating of a handcuffed suspect last year by a veteran cop with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police D...

New California Law Cracks Down On Cheating Prosecutors

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics

California prosecutors who deliberately withhold evidence from defense attorneys may face harsher punishment under a new law passed after a wave of mi...

Experts: No Hope For Justice In Orange County Prosecutor Scandal With Current Investigations

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- California's Orange County has an astoundingly large and complex problem with its prosecutors and police linked to a tainted jailhouse ...

Higher Courts Let Prosecutors Get Away With Murder

The Daily Beast | Mara Leveritt | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices

For anyone studying the bubbling issue of prosecutor misconduct, the LAT states—Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas—form a good lab. March alone brewed...

Radley Balko

The Untouchables: America's Misbehaving Prosecutors, And The System That Protects Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS -- Some questions seem particularly prone to set John Thompson off. Here's one he gets a lot: Have the prosecutors who sent him to death r...

John Rudolf

'Outrageous Misconduct' by Prosecutor Frees Man From Life in Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 03.16.2012 | Crime

A Virginia man sentenced to life in prison in 2001 savored his first night of freedom Wednesday after a federal judge overturned his murder conviction...

Prosecutorial Misconduct Documented in Northern California Innocence Project Report

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

In most cases, despite a finding of misconduct, convictions were permitted to stand, and rarely was the misconduct reported or disciplined, even though some prosecutors were repeat offenders.