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Petitioning Director, Office of Public Affairs Matthew Miller and 1 other
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Director, Office of Public Affairs
Matthew Miller
Attorney General
Eric Holder

Demand the Justice Department Punish Prosecutorial Misconduct

A six month investigation by USA Today recently revealed more than 200 hundred cases where prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department either broke the law or ethics rules to obtain a conviction, sending dozens of innocent people to years behind bars for crimes they didn't commit. In only one case was a prosecutor even temporarily suspended.

The misconduct uncovered -- condemned by judges as "outrageous" and "flagrant," ranged from lying to juries to withholding key evidence that could free a defendant. And the misconduct wasn't limited to certain corrupt pockets of the country here and there, but was widespread.

"It's systemic now," Pace University law professor Bennet Gershman told the paper. "[T]he system is not able to control this type of behavior. There is no accountability."

It's time the U.S. Justice Department lived up to its stated mission and provide accountability for those who perverted justice to obtain convictions and further their career. Demand that the department investigate and punish all credible allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.


Letter to
Director, Office of Public Affairs Matthew Miller
Attorney General Eric Holder
A six month investigation by USA Today recently revealed more than 200 hundred cases where prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department either broke the law or ethics rules to obtain a conviction, sending dozens of innocent people to years behind bars for crimes they didn't commit. But in only one case was a prosecutor even temporarily suspended -- and even then for only a weekend.

The misconduct uncovered -- condemned by judges as "outrageous" and "flagrant," ranged from lying to juries to withholding key evidence that could free a defendant. And the investigation found this misconduct was widespread.

"It's systemic now," Pace University law professor Bennet Gershman told the paper. "[T]he system is not able to control this type of behavior. There is no accountability."

The Justice Department must live up to its stated mission and provide accountability for those who perverted justice to obtain convictions and further their career. Beginning immediately, the department needs to investigate all credible allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and punish those who abuse our criminal justice system -- and with more than a slap on the wrist.