A Thumb on the Scales of Justice in NYS?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Lady Justice (hjnisch/Shutterstock)

Kate Pastor, freelance journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Riverdale Press, talks about New York's stringent evidence-sharing rules (tougher than those in Texas!) and efforts to require prosecutors to be more forthcoming with material that could aid criminal defendants.


Kate Pastor

Comments [5]


Always fascinating to read the uninformed comments of those who do not know either the law, or the rules governing lawyers and their conduct. More to the point of this topic, your guest should refrain from acting as if this practice is state-wide. There are counties in which the DA's office practice open file discovery. I worked as a prosecutor in one of them.

Apr. 09 2014 10:43 AM
Joe from nearby

Please ask her about the phenomena of certain prosecution witnesses taking the stand & 'testalying.' Didn't the former police commissioner warn certain people not to do this?

Apr. 09 2014 10:41 AM

The job of the prosecution is to the "truth" (though in many cases it becomes just a competition to convict).
The job of the defense is to defend vigorously, i.e. test how strong or weak the evidence is.
Hopefully at the end of the day the truth is found.

Apr. 09 2014 10:38 AM
Tom from elmhurst

Was just reading that, Rob! Look up Jonathan Fleming for further details... very sad story. Prosecutorial misconduct in Brooklyn.

Apr. 09 2014 10:37 AM
Robert from NYC

LOL, Justice? LOL. A thumb? LOL. Never mind NYS, in the entire country there seems to be a HUGE thumb on the scales of justice. Those statues and images of Justice outside and inside court houses should be removed. Just listen to some of your own reporting and that of other media agencies and see just how much "justice" there is. LOL How about the man who was 1000 miles away in Disney World with proof of his location, lots of proof, and who was charged with murder and sent to prison! This story was on NY1 just this morning. One of many false convictions and some went to death row. How. sick. is. that? I can't LOL on that one.

Apr. 09 2014 10:26 AM

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