Prosecutorial Misconduct Info - (Nancy Grace mentioned)


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I noticed many fans aren't really aware of what goes on in the American system, I just found some references and previous cases. Just to show how the American system is one of the worse systems in the world, and that a lot of people get thrown in jail when they aint done a damn thing.

Here are some examples:

Florida: Wilton Dedge of Port St. John, Florida has been freed after 22 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. His conviction rested on the word of notorious snitch Clarence Zacke, who got a sweetheart deal from prosecutors in exchange for lying under oath. When DNA excluded Dedge, a Florida Assistant Attorney General told the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that even if she knew Dedge to be innocent, it would not matter. Zacke provided the only evidence in Gerald Stano's murder case, and subsequently recanted it. Stano was executed in 1998 anyway, still insisting he was innocent. But in the words of the Florida Assistant Attorney General, "That is not the issue". Infamous Justice

Massachusetts: Ever wonder about the reliability of unrecorded confessions -- the ones with no audio or video tape -- or the ones where ten minutes of confession is recorded but not the ten hours of interrogation that preceded it? In Massachusetts, jurors will now be instructed to be skeptical when "'interrogating officers have chosen not to preserve an accurate and complete recording of the interrogation". New MA Jury Instructions

Arizona: When a jailhouse snitch seeking a deal on charges against her accused Robert Louis Armstrong of a 1998 triple murder, Armstrong met willingly with Maricopa County investigators. He knew he had been in Oregon when the murders occurred. A cop put a clip on Armstrong's shirt that he said was a "sensitivity test" and declared Armstrong was lying. Armstrong was charged with 3 counts of capital murder. A determined Public Defender Investigator found Armstrong's bus ticket and the bogus case began to unravel. Ticket to Freedom

Pennsylvania: The "sheer heft of the truly damaging and irrelevant conduct" of Asst. U.S. Attorney James D. Clancy led to Darrick Moore's conviction for arson in federal court in Pennsylvania. Now the 3rd Circuit has ruled that Clancy's closing speech was not only unfairly prejudicial, but that it capped a trial studded from beginning to end with unfairly prejudicial evidence relating to alleged prior bad acts by Moore. Inflammatory Closing

California: The California Highway Patrol is investigating claims that two of its officers were pressured to lie on the witness stand in a lawsuit by a Ramona man awarded $4.5 million by a jury in April, 2004. Under Pressure

New York: In 1991, Ronald Bower was framed for two rapes that were probably committed by the cop who arrested him. In 1996, New York State prison investigator Timothy Huff kept his promise to Bower and called the Queens, New York special victims unit about Bower's case. The investigator who answered told Huff he believed Bower's innocence claim. Eventually the two investigators were joined by an FBI agent and one of New York's top criminal justice officials. At last, Bower's case is under judicial review and he could get a new trial. Making It Right

Georgia: Weldon Wayne Carr will not be retried for murder and arson in the death of his wife. His conviction was originally overturned in 1997, Georgia: The Court also rebuked then-prosecutor Nancy Grace -- now host of Court TV's "Closing Arguments" -- of engaging in "inappropriate and, in some cases, illegal conduct in the course of the trial." Retrial Denied.

New York: Okay, it's not just the cops and the prosecutors. Judges want a piece of the action, too -- Brooklyn courts have been rocked by scandal involving bribes and kickbacks paid to judges to fix cases. Above the Law

Prosecution misconduct study:

Harmful Error
Prosecutorial Misconduct Study Report Released

For over two years, Steve Weinberg, a veteran investigative journalist, working closely with Attorney Neil Gordon, writer Brooke Williams and a team of researchers with the Center for Public Integrity, conducted an exhaustive study of prosecutorial misconduct across the United States. The project is well suited to the Center for Public Integrity, a consortium of journalists, lawyers and researchers in Washington, D.C., that specializes in uncovering systemic problems. Funding for the prosecutorial misconduct project is coming from several sources, most prominently the Open Society Institute, New York City.

Did you know --

Since 1970, individual judges and appellate court panels cited prosecutorial misconduct as a factor when dismissing charges at trial, reversing convictions or reducing sentences in at least 2,017 cases.

The nature of the questionable conduct includes:

Courtroom misconduct (making inappropriate or inflammatory comments in the presence of the jury; introducing or attempting to introduce inadmissible, inappropriate or inflammatory evidence; mischaracterizing the evidence or the facts of the case to the court or jury; committing violations pertaining to the selection of the jury; or making improper closing arguments);
Mishandling of physical evidence (hiding, destroying or tampering with evidence, case files or court records);
Failing to disclose exculpatory evidence;
Threatening, badgering or tampering with witnesses;
Using false or misleading evidence;
Harassing, displaying bias toward, or having a vendetta against the defendant or defendant’s counsel (including selective or vindictive prosecution, which includes instances of denial of a speedy trial);
Improper behavior during grand jury proceedings.