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.
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