Thursday, February 26, 2009

Two reports of prosecutorial misconduct

Mike Frisch of the Legal Profession Blog reports today that the Michigan Attorney Grievance Administrator has filed a formal complaint alleging that the chief prosecutor for the Wayne County major drug unit offered knowningly false testimony in a criminal matter and that the prosecutor knowingly made false closing arguments based on the evidence. The jury convicted one defendant and was unable to reach a verdict with respect to a second defendant. As to the convicted defendant, the prosecutor's office confessed error and the case was remanded for a new trial. The other defendant was convicted at his second trial. The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction but noted the misconduct of the prosecutor in the first trial.

The second case, reported by Jonathan Turley, involves an Assistant District Attorney in Georgia who resigned after being arrested for a drunken fight. He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and theft of services.

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