Wednesday, December 29, 2010
USA Today series on prosecutorial misconduct continues
Back in September, USA Today began to publish a series of articles on prosecutorial misconduct (see here). The series is available here. The most recent article is reviewed by the Wall Street Journal here. The more recent article argues that prosecutorial misconduct lets convicted off easy. According to the review, USA Today identified 200 cases since 1997 in which prosecutors supposedly violated laws or ethics rules; in at least 48 of the cases, defendants were convicted of crimes, but courts gave them shorter sentences than they would have otherwise received due to prosecutorial misconduct.