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Prosecutorial Misconduct

Prosecutorial Misconduct Using Courtroom Technology

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Prosecutors increasingly use technology in the courtroom to win convictions. One of the most persuasive, and insidious techniques to get juries to convict is to use a Power Point presentation during the closing argument to visually depict inflammatory images of the crime emblazoned with the prosecutor's equally inflammatory captions.

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

Legal Experts Urge DOJ To Investigate Orange County Jailhouse Snitch 'Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- More than three dozen former prosecutors and legal experts are calling on the Department of Justice to conduct a full investigation of...

Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Public's Perception of Criminal Defense

Adam Banner | Posted 11.18.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

Many times, public perception perches a white hat firmly atop the heads of prosecutors while painting defense attorneys as black-hatted villains.

Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

Embattled Orange County Prosecutor Linked To Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Is Resigning And Leaving California

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- A deputy district attorney in Orange County who is connected to a controversial jailhouse informant program that allegedly violated the...

I Was Wrongfully Convicted And So Are Too Many Others

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many innocent people are sitting in prison with convictions for crimes they did not commit. This is often due to prosecutors who blatantly ignore information that might point away from their chosen suspect. Much of the time, these other leads could have exonerated an innocent prisoner, but they go totally disregarded.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In this age of hollow justice, courts of order, and government-sanctioned tyranny, the Constitution is no safeguard against government wrongdoing such as SWAT team raids, domestic surveillance, police shootings of unarmed citizens, indefinite detentions, asset forfeitures, prosecutorial misconduct and the like.

When Prosecutors Deny Justice for the Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

While some prosecutors do their job honestly and stand for justice, there are others who are responsible for intentionally wrongfully convicting innocent people. And as if that weren't enough, they do whatever is necessary to maintain these false convictions.

Why Do Prosecutors Fight to Maintain Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.

Innocent Bystanders: How Inept Attorneys Enable Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

No attorney who is just a year out of law school should be representing someone when their life is at stake. Everyone should be entitled to effective counsel. My innocence could have been proven from day one if I'd had effective counsel at trial.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Matt Ferner

Critics: Orange County DA Needs 'Cleansing With Bleach And Firehoses' | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Orange County Bar Association this week issued a strong condemnation of the county's Office of the District Attorney, accusing it o...

Jimmy Dennis: A System Not Designed for Innocence

David A. Love | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis' case reveals a great deal about a hopelessly broken system that administers the law, but does not necessarily dispense justice.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and ISIS Recruiting -- The Hidden Linkage

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

For some time now, law professor and former prosecutor H. Mitchell Caldwell has been deeply troubled by increasing incidents of prosecutorial misconduct in the state courts.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

Top 10 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It's that time of year when people are making lists and checking them twice. Here is my action list about ways to fix the criminal justice system, with suggestions for steps we all can take. The time is ripe for change. Here's to making it happen in 2015.

Getting the Facts Right About the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Nancy Leong | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Nancy Leong

As we discuss and debate the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, we'll inevitably have differences of opinion -- some slight; some extreme. But we owe it to one another to ensure that our opinions are founded on a correct understanding of the underlying facts.

Why Good Prosecutors Do Bad Things: Pending California Legislation on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 1963 ruling holding that a prosecutor must disclose all exculpatory evidence (evidence that helps the defense) there are still too many deliberate failures by prosecutors to disclose important evidence in serious criminal trials.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and the "P" word

Andrea Lyon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

Using what you consider to be the ultimate pejorative word to describe someone critical of your work, Mr. Former D.A., is unethical, sexist, selfish and weak. Like most bullies are.

New Commission to Regulate Prosecutorial Misconduct

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

New York State is poised to become the first state in the nation to create a public commission specifically designed to investigate complaints of misconduct by prosecutors. It is essential to the integrity of the justice system and the public's confidence that the system functions fairly and accurately.

Ryan J. Reilly

Every DOJ Watchdog Ever Wants To End The Special Treatment Of Prosecutorial Misconduct | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every single Justice Department inspector general who has led the office since it was created a quarter century ago agreed Tuesday that ...