USA TODAY investigated prosecutorial misconduct. Say it ain't so Joe!
Our thoughts: Those prosecutors who came up through the state attorneys office when Janet Reno was the state attorney had fairness drilled into them. The culture of the office was to always first make sure the person being prosecuted was not innocent. There was no cutting corners or walking close to the line in how prosecutors conducted themselves and the decisions they made on filing charges or the discovery provided.
We're not saying any prosecutor* or any particular office disagrees with what we just wrote. What we are saying is that culture of JOB ONE being protecting the innocent and making sure no one is wrongly accused appears to be missing. We see more prosecutors looking for loopholes in Brady then in just working hard to follow what Brady requires. And that is troubling and that leads to tragedies.
The link to the video is here.
Invest the eight minutes to watch how prosecutors who do not hold themselves to the highest standard can wreck innocent lives.
Enjoy another beautiful weekend.
*There was one prosecutor at the Dade SAO who we were certain enjoyed toying with defendants, keeping them in jail longer just because he could and who played all sorts of games with discovery because he thought nothing could happen to him. Off the record discussions with his colleagues confirmed our observations. Sadly he was a division chief when our paths crossed and his behavior in the case we handled was shocking to say the least. However, karma is a powerful tool and his own personal peccadilloes brought him down in disgrace. Our client thankfully survived his encounter with this evil individual.