Prosecutorial Misconduct Study Report Released
years, Steve Weinberg, a veteran investigative journalist, working
with Attorney Neil Gordon, writer Brooke Williams and a team of
with the Center for Public Integrity, conducted an exhaustive
of prosecutorial misconduct across the United States. The project
well suited to the Center for Public Integrity, a
of journalists, lawyers and researchers in Washington, D.C., that
in uncovering systemic problems. Funding for the
misconduct project is coming from several sources, most prominently the
Society Institute, New York City.
- Since 1970, individual judges and appellate court
panels cited prosecutorial misconduct as a factor when dismissing
charges at trial, reversing convictions or reducing sentences in at
least 2,017 cases.
- The nature of the questionable conduct includes:
misconduct (making inappropriate or inflammatory comments in the
of the jury; introducing or attempting to introduce inadmissible,
or inflammatory evidence; mischaracterizing the evidence or the facts
the case to the court or jury; committing violations pertaining to the
of the jury; or making improper closing arguments);
of physical evidence (hiding, destroying or tampering with evidence,
files or court records);
to disclose exculpatory evidence;
badgering or tampering with witnesses;
or misleading evidence;
displaying bias toward, or having a vendetta against the defendant or
counsel (including selective or vindictive prosecution,
which includes instances of denial of a speedy trial);
behavior during grand jury proceedings.
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