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Prosecutorial Misconduct

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Hurricane Carter's 'Pig-Circus' Trials

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Whether Carter, along with John Artis, were guilty or innocent will never be known for certain. What is certain, however, is that Carter and Artis were denied fair trials because of the deliberate misconduct by the Passaic County prosecutors.

Don't Let the Prosecutor Off the Hook

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

There is hardly ever a postmortem of a derailment in the criminal justice system, as there typically is when a train derails, or a plane crashes.

Criminal Discovery Reformers Honored as Constitutional Champions

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

In April 2009, less than six months after a jury found Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) guilty of making false statements, a federal judge set aside that gu...

Chief Judge For 9th Circuit Cites 'Epidemic' Of Prosecutor Misconduct

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The dissent by Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, from a decision not to rehear U.S. v. Olsen starts off wit...

A Justice Denied as Bangladesh Prosecutes War Crimes

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Born in bloodshed, Bangladesh seeks a justice long overdue. Regrettably, the very judicial body responsible for delivering that justice instead threatens to further deny it.

Counties That Send The Most People To Death Row Show A Questionable Commitment To Justice

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Last week, I looked at a recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) which finds that the vast majority of executions and death row in...

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

The First Post-9/11 Terror Case That Never Was

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

In the video below, Retro Report looks back at the "Detroit sleeper cell" case, the first post-9/11 terror convictions. In a case that would bode ill ...

Finally, a Prosecutor Goes to Jail for Evidence Tampering

David A. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

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.

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

Mark Godsey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Crime
Mark Godsey

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.

Missouri's Culture Of Conviction

Radley Balko | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

This week, a state appeals court in Missouri vacated the conviction of 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson. In 2005, Ferguson was convicted for the murder of Ke...