Sunday, February 21, 2010

Judicial appointments for prosecutors who had been disciplined for misconduct

The criminal defense law practice blog "Simple Justice" has an interesting story about two prosecutors who intentionally ignored and withheld exculpatory evidence in order to obtain a conviction. The conviction was later overturned when it was proven that the defendant was innocent (by using DNA evidence). The defendant sued the county where this happened and the county settled with the defendant for $4.1 million for his wrongful murder conviction. And, after all this, the prosecutors were appointed to the bench.

As Simple Justice points out, ". . . that they convicted an innocent man, withheld exculpatory evidence, were censured for it and then, after all that, moved on to be judges, is just too much to take. . . . To not penalize [them] is bad enough, but to reward prosecutors who engage in misconduct is beyond the pale."

Go here for the full story.

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