New PDF release: Harmful Error - Investigating America's Local Prosecutors

By Center for Public Integrity

A undertaking by means of the heart for Public Integrity, destructive errors is ready neighborhood prosecutors in lots of of the 2,341 jurisdictions around the country that experience stretched, bent or damaged principles to win convictions. for the reason that 1970, person judges and appellate courtroom panels stated prosecutorial misconduct as an element whilst brushing aside fees, reversing convictions or lowering sentences in over 2,000 instances. In one other 500 circumstances, appellate judges provided opinions?either dissents or concurrences?in which they discovered the misconduct warranted a reversal. In hundreds of thousands extra, judges classified prosecutorial habit beside the point, yet upheld convictions utilizing a doctrine referred to as "harmless error."

Misconduct via prosecutors ended in the conviction of blameless people who have been later exonerated. responsible defendants have additionally had their convictions overturned and are positioned again in the street. additionally, the heart chanced on many prosecutors who have been mentioned a number of instances for misconduct.

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