Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Illinois disciplinary authority seeks sanctions against prosecutor for improper comments during opening statement

I have reported on many cases where courts reverse convictions because of improper arguments by prosecutors.  Herehere and here are three recent examples.  In many of those cases, however, the prosecutor is not disciplined for the conduct.  Today, however, the Legal Profession blog is reporting that the Administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a formal complaint against a prosecutor for comments made during a murder trial's opening arguments.  According to the complaint, the argument was improper "because it served no purpose other than to appeal to racial prejudice."   You can read the complaint here.

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