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Who Polices Prosecutors?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Joaquin Sapien talks about his ProPublica report that found that New York City prosecutors who withhold evidence, tolerate false testimony, or commit other abuses almost never see their careers damaged.

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Comments [9]

meredith from nyc

This is shows our shameful lawlessness to the world. Like out of control stop and frisk and overly high incarceration rate. The wrongly convicted and their families should get plenty of compensation for their tragedy. How often are these crooked prosecutors reelected? Do their opponents reveal their false convictions and the tragedy they cause? Can the ethical ones run on a record of no unlawful convictions/? Our taxes pay for this. Do lawyers who become prosecutors start out as unethical people who just want to put people away?

Apr. 05 2013 02:07 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Doing something about deals/misconduct that jail the innocent & put the guilty back on the street would make legislators look "soft on crime"? How does that work, now?

I'm glad Joaquin Sapien & Pro Publica are unearthing these practices, & I hope it leads to changing them.

Apr. 04 2013 02:00 PM
Vaughn

Would be interested to hear guest speak on Alton Maddox disbarment concerning the Tawana Brawley case.

Apr. 04 2013 01:57 PM
Vaughn

Would be interested to hear guest speak on Alton Maddox disbarment concerning the Tawana Brawley case.

Apr. 04 2013 01:57 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

American injustice system. Might as well work for mobsters.

Apr. 04 2013 01:52 PM
Leo from Queens

The NY State Bar association is nothing more than a criminal gang that is there to cover up for the few (about 25%) criminal attorneys that commit crimes and abuses and theft of citizens on a daily basis.
They intentionally delay and mismanage any legitimate complaints filed against attorneys

Apr. 04 2013 01:51 PM
Leo from Queens

Can ProPublica do the same investigation for other City agencies such as the Dept of Buildings or Finance department. There is a lot of money involved - especially when it comes to real estate investments. I have information on several occasions when the DOB has neglected to enforce existing building code and complaints that have led to building and construction site accidents that have led to the death of innocent people.

Regarding the DAs - just take a look at Morgenthau in Manhattan - The Central Park 5 were railroaded through while the criminal went on to commit another rape; Morgenthau chose to not indict public officials involved in the WTC - Deutsche Bank accident where 2 firemen were killed even though there was evidence of criminal neglect.

Just recently in Brooklyn, we had a person who spent 25 years in jail for the murder of a rabbi. And Mr. Hynes has also looked the other way for child and wife abuse crimes involving the Hassidic community.

Apr. 04 2013 01:48 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Prosecutors aren't just "supposed" to give the defense evidence that supports their case or refrain from using coerced testimony, they're *legally required* to do these things. Those who don't shouldn't just be departmentally disciplined, they should be prosecuted themselves.

Apr. 04 2013 01:45 PM
Leo from Queens

This is a great investigation and THANK GOD we have ProPublica - I wish they would get more visibility and publicity.

Regarding the question as to why there are no consequences for NYC DAs when they make mistake or outright withhold information or commit misconduct it's because we currently have a system that lacks transparency and accountability.
Most of the DAs once elected really have no real competition once they need to get reelected. There is no oversight of them. Many of the investigators and attorneys serving in the DA offices come from the same corrupt legal profession as well as from the NYPD and they are making decisions not based on an objective assessment of citizens but is based on connections with the attorneys and police officers providing the evidence.
These are political offices that are doing political favors for politicians or their buddies from the NYPD or bar association.
They also cannot go against obvious crimes from the politically connected because then they will be challenged and might lose their jobs or not get help for their other prosecutions.

Apr. 04 2013 01:42 PM

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