Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct to be Established in the US

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 December 2013 | 0 Comments

Phil Locke has described the initiative to establish a Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct as "huge". See http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2013/11/22/center-for-prosecutor-integrity-to-establish-registry-of-prosecutorial-misconduct/

The Registry will complement the existing National Registry of Exonerations which has now logged data on 1,250 exonerations. Data from that Registry has already revealed that "official misconduct" (by both police and prosecutors) is a contributing factor in 42% of wrongful convictions in the US.

The new Registry of Prosecutorial Conduct will eventually catalogue thousands of cases of prosecutorial conduct around the country. The information will allow policymakers to pinpoint priorities for reform. The Registry will report the prosecutor's jurisdiction, type of crime, type of misconduct, whether the case was referred to an ethics oversight body, whether sanctions were imposed, and other information. Determinations of misconduct will be based on holdings of trial courts, appellate courts, state supreme courts and legal disciplinary committees. Interested parties are welcome to submit cases for consideration.

The article states that over the last decade, Americans have been disturbed about prosecutors who "ignore ethical standards in a head-long rush to convict".


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