Contemporary shunning and cleansing may take new and different forms but they always retain the same heartlessness, the unacknowledged violence, the vaguely genocidal thinking.
An investigator ostensibly on Brendan’s defense team speaks openly of his distaste for the Avery family tree and says, 'Someone said to me we need to end the gene pool here.'” The Shame of Wisconsin Cato’s Tim Lynch and Shawn Armbrust of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project explore the many troubling unanswered questions that have turned this mundane murder case into a searing indictment of America’s flawed justice system. Another Brooklyn case bites the dust, but only after a quarter century of prosecutors hiding the evidence Ruddy Quezada sought to win a new trial. Quezada, but by the police and prosecutors who went after him. Most death row exonerations can be traced to prosecutor misconduct. State supreme courts, who bear the ultimate responsibility for the conduct they will accept from attorneys, have stood by like indulgent parents, tolerating outrageous behavior and even ruling that others must too. Corrupt Winnebago County, WI prosecutor Joe Paulus has been to prison and released, living on the balmy Gulf Coast and enjoying life.
But wait -- the most recent DNA evidence determined that the semen found on Curdy’s girdle excluded Harris – and instead matched another man in the CODIS database. In 1994, Richard Bryan Kussmaul, James Edward Long, Michael Dewayne Shelton and James Wayne Pitts Jr.
Those convictions would likely have not been possible but for the testimony of a forensic lab manager who, it turns out, cheated on his certification test. were charged with the 1992 rape of 17-year-old Leslie Murphy and her murder and that of 14-year-old Stephen Neighbors.
UPDATE: August 4, 2014 - Cook County DA Anita Alvarez is long on talk but short on remedy with her "Conviction Integrity Unit." A year after Alvarez formed the Conviction Integrity Unit, Papa went before a judge to share its findings on Hood. ’ Journalist Nicholas Schmidle has conducted a better investigation than the Chicago cops or Cook County prosecutors. The Phoenix Fire Department's elite fire investigations unit, once lauded as the most successful arson squad in the country, is being investigated for allegations of misconduct. Following a stunning admission of intentional abuse decades ago at the hands of prosecutors — including one who became a judge and then landed in federal prison for his role in a judicial corruption scandal that rocked the Jefferson Parish courthouse — Reginald Adams walked free on May 12, 2014, exonerated after 34 years behind bars on a murder rap.
Now Price is seeking a new trial, based on extensive evidence discovered in the 25 years since his murder conviction. It would be an unusual abduction strategy for anyone, particularly for a 52-year-old grocery store manager and Barboursville, VA family man.Disciplining or firing miscreants may be necessary, but it's not enough: It doesn't address the root causes of fearful culture and bad incentives.A USA TODAY investigation documented 201 criminal cases across the nation in which federal judges found that prosecutors broke the rules.Criminal defense attorneys who were never prosecutors themselves often assume that prosecutorial misconduct is rife because prosecution attracts authoritarian personality types.Although it is surely true that some are natural bad actors, experience demonstrates that prosecutors are strongly influenced to disregard and minimize rights by the culture that surrounds them.