|Lorenzo Lee Bean III|
See the two articles describing how the Commonwealth Attorney lost because of Prosecutorial Misconduct:
I decided to dig in further and write about it.
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- http://www.cbsnews.com/news/prosecutorial-misconduct-rampant/ - “The study, "Harmful Error," found 223 prosecutors around the nation who had been cited by judges for two or more cases of unfair conduct but only two prosecutors who had been disbarred in the past 33 years for mishandling criminal cases. There are about 30,000 local prosecutors in 2,341 jurisdictions.”
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/07/17/judge-kozinski-on-prosecutorial-misconduct/ - “Sometimes they feed snitches non-public information about the crime so that the statements they attribute to the defendant will sound authentic. And, of course, prosecutors can pile on charges so as to make it exceedingly risky for a defendant to go to trial. There are countless ways in which prosecutors can prejudice the fact-finding process and undermine a defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/07/13/the-jaw-dropping-policeprosecutor-scandal-in-orange-county-calif/ - “In March, Judge Thomas M. Goethals recused the entire office of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas from a murder case “because of repeated government cheating.” More rot followed, including a gag order (issued by a different judge) preventing defense attorneys from discussing what they were discovering (it was later lifted), and revelations that the police and prosecutors collaborated with the Mexican mafia to target a rogue informant and with MSNBC to violate a suspect’s constitutional rights.”
- http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/EpidemicofProsecutorMisconduct.pdf - “Prosecutor misconduct can assume many forms, including: Charging a suspect with more offenses than is warranted; Withholding or delaying the release of exculpatory evidence; Deliberately mishandling, mistreating, or destroying evidence; Allowing witnesses they know or should know are not truthful to testify; Pressuring defense witnesses not to testify; Relying on fraudulent forensic experts; During plea negotiations, overstating the strength of the evidence; Making statements to the media that are designed to arouse public indignation; Making improper or misleading statements to the jury; and Failing to report prosecutor misconduct when it is discovered.”
- http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2015/06/Kozinski_Preface.pdf - 9th USCCA Judge Kozinski opens the kimono on the many ways prosecutors engage in misconduct to get people wrongfully indicted, convicted, and imprisoned.