A registry of prosecutorial misconduct

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity (apparently there is such a thing) has just issued this press release, announcing the the receipt of a grant to establish a Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct.

In it, it states:

The Registry will eventually catalog thousands of cases of prosecutorial misconduct around the country. This information will allow policymakers to pinpoint priorities for reform.

The Registry will report the prosecutor’s jurisdiction, type of crime, type of misconduct, whether the case was referred to an ethics oversight body, whether sanctions were imposed, and other information.

Determinations of misconduct will be based on holdings of trial courts, appellate courts, state supreme courts, and legal disciplinary committees.

Maybe the next step can be to establish buffer zones for repeat offenders: you can’t get within 500 feet of a file without adult supervision.

5 thoughts on “A registry of prosecutorial misconduct

  1. that anonymous coward

    And the average length of time before an official finding of misconduct would be?
    Because to list them before the final determination would be wrong.
    Because to list people who appear to have done it, but are never investigated can’t be listed.

    Admittedly I’m sitting watching other lawyers spiral, but even with my limited legal background the pile of bad acts is huge and the wheels move so very slow. Didn’t someone finally get sentenced for the first time in this eon for misconduct… for like a week?

    I don’t think a registry will work well, the others we have seem to suck as more is stuffed in to improve numbers for the soundbite.

    I’ll save a bunch of time on this… the first reform needs to be putting justice as the goal, not a great track record.

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      1. that anonymous coward

        The game is pandering to a shell shocked public who want a solution NOW.
        CHILD PREDATORS!!! – Sex offender registry, and the numbers are inflated as they add more and more ‘crimes’ to put people on the list.
        HACKERS!!! – ‘Hackers’ facing time of huge numbers while people who did horrible things to children get 2 months.
        BAD PEOPLE!! – Again pile up possible charges until you hit a silly number of years they could be facing and get them to cave to a ‘lesser’ charge that still might be well beyond any actual crime they did.

        Maybe if we stopped accepting the idea that you can pass a law, push a button, wave a fairy wand and solve all of the bad it might get better.
        If people started to look at the media outlets they consume, and notice that some of what they are feeding you is to support a narrative and not exactly factual. That they overhype some things to make them look much worse. The problem is created so they can report upon it and get better ratings. The public then demand more from elected drones, who pass idiotic law, that then needs bodies to fill the quota to make everyone feel safer.

        Look at the number of people in jail. How are we not safer today than before?
        Because we are breeding better criminals by throwing people away so that we can keep the illusion that your safe, and keep up the contracts to keep private prisons filled.

        Imagine if we had to wait 6 months before we could make laws in response to a tragedy or outrage. Perhaps we might get better more targeted laws, that serve a purpose beyond a soundbite. I think the Patriot Act and what the NSA has been up to proves my point. Knee jerk reactions set into law, and they just keep increasing what they do hoping to solve all of the problems magically.
        They are protecting our freedoms, that they have been quietly stripping away from us… and no one had the courage to stop them because the media churn of they support terrorism would destroy them.
        Sorry I’ve been feeling ranty…

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  2. Gloria Grening Wolk

    It is possible to name prosecutors who did wrong. I began tracking this after reading appellate opinions that chastise but rarely name the prosecutor. I looked up the case and there it was, the name of the person who obstructed justice and evidenced a lack of ethics and morals.

    I think the Registry could help defense attorneys, if the Registry listed the names and had links to the opinions that spelled out the malfeasance.

    As far as I can tell, only Nifong in North Carolina and Anderson in Texas have been held accountable to any extent. Anderson, who was responsible for the 25 years Michael Morton lost due to his wrongful conviction, served only 10 days in jail. No mention has been made of whether he gets to keep his pension for serving as a judge after his successful prosecution of Morton.

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