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Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

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.

Terminal City: A Talk with Linda Fairstein

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Linda Fairstein needs no introduction. For more than two decades, this former prosecutor was Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

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.

What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

While law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws.

Nancy Grace Lies Again -- And May Have to Pay for It

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Bennett L. Gershman

Discussing Nancy Grace's fabrications is like discussing a golfer's bogies: they're so routine, predictable, and pervasive that one accepts it and moves on.

Trial Begins in Los Angeles for Zapatista Protesters Attacked by Police

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Nathan Robinson

The case is an important illustration of the unchecked power of American police and prosecutors to overcharge defendants, and the chilling effect on free speech that police suppression of protests can have.

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...

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...

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...

Trayvon Martin and the Soul of a Prosecutor

Mark Osler | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

The soul of a prosecutor is tested in the moments like those the Zimmerman prosecutors face now. One reaction, too often, is that these public servants shut down their emotional engagement with the people they charge.

Radley Balko

Feds Say Trespassing Peace Activists Are A National Security Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

In another case of possible overreach by federal prosecutors, an 82-year-old nun and two anti-nuclear activists face long prison terms after being con...

Prosecuting Rap Music

Erik Nielson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Erik Nielson

Earlier this month, the 5th District Illinois appellate court reversed the conviction of Olutosin Oduwole, an aspiring hip hop artist and Southern Illinois University student who was found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat during his 2011 trial.

Girl Was Too Drunk To Consent, Players 'Treated Her Like A Toy': Prosecutor

www.newser.com | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime

Contradictory to the position of the defense attorney's for the football player's charged with raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl, prosecutors in...

Prosecutor Shaming: Florida State's Attorney Ed Brodsky

Radley Balko | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

Last May, Sarasota County, Florida Dep. Dominic Fornal claimed he could smell marijuana coming from the inside of a car he was following at 35 miles p...

Prosecutor Shaming: Berkshire, Massachusetts Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III

Radley Balko | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

Mr. Kinzer thinks we must protect sexting teenagers from ruining their lives . . . by ruining their lives. As the head of the DA's computer cri...

Sentences So Long They Scare Us to Death

Mary Price | Posted 04.03.2013 | Crime
Mary Price

The tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz has prompted long overdue reflection about the power of federal prosecutors.

US Attorney's Attempt to Seize Innocent Family's Motel Dismissed

Dan McDermott | Posted 03.31.2013 | Crime
Dan McDermott

Justice has prevailed over an outrageous example of prosecutorial overreach. In this case, the government argued that Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Massachusetts should be seized because there were 15 drug arrests over a 15-year period.

The Power Of The Prosecutor

Radley Balko | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

The death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz has generated a lot of discussion about the power of prosecutors -- particularly federal prosecutors. This...

Is the Door Opening to Criminal Prosecution of Big Banks?

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 02.16.2013 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

I don't know that Obama will lead the charge to justice. But seeing this surging wave of litigation, perhaps he will have what it takes to grab his surfboard and catch the wave.

Radley Balko

Our Broken Criminal Justice System: The Issues No One Is Talking About

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

Our broken criminal justice system wasn't discussed in the first two 2012 debates, and it's unlikely it will be addressed in the two that remain. In f...

Life as a Prosecutor

Stacey Honowitz | Posted 09.26.2012 | Crime
Stacey Honowitz

Does the public ever know how many prosecutors have sat in their offices crying because they believed so much in a case and the jury said "not guilty"? That's the side of a prosecutor that nobody chooses to explore. That's the life that some of us lead.

A Changing of the Guard at the ICC

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Diana Jenkins

Last week, I was a witness to the changing of the guard at the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor. Luis Moreno-Ocampo is stepping ...

The Unchecked Charging Power of the Prosecutor

Radley Balko | Posted 06.13.2012 | Crime
Radley Balko

The power prosecutors have to charge people with crimes is often overlooked.

TEXAS INJUSTICE: 91 Cases Of Prosecutor Misconduct, No Discipline

Austin Chronicle | Posted 06.06.2012 | Crime

Although courts have confirmed that prosecutorial misconduct occurred in 91 Texas criminal cases between 2004 and 2008, not a single prosecutor among ...

WATCH: '60 Minutes' Interview Exposes Power Of Prosecutors

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.25.2012 | Crime

Back in 1987, Michael Morton was convicted of murdering his wife. Upon being led to prison, he vowed that he was innocent, telling onlookers "I did no...