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Prosecutors Acting Out

It's time for another round up of prosecutors and their misdeeds. Let's get to it:

  • Former prosecutor accused of lying about confession--"Days after DNA testing first cast doubt on Earl Washington Jr.'s guilt, his lawyers say the man who prosecuted him lied to authorities to try to preserve Washington's death sentence...Bennett, now in private practice, has denied under oath doing so. But there is contrary evidence from Virginia Deputy Attorney General John H. McLees Jr., who testified about Bennett in April in a federal suit filed by Washington for his wrongful prosecution."  If the allegations are true, they're certainly not going to help Mr. Bennett's career.
  • County to settle lawsuit over alleged prosecutorial misconduct--"Genzler alleged in a federal lawsuit that former prosecutor Peter Longanbach and a district attorney's investigator, Jeffrey O'Brien, hid or tampered with evidence and suborned perjury to win a conviction at the first trial. Genzler also alleged three supervisors in the district attorney's office, including former District Attorney Paul Pfingst, condoned the alleged unethical conduct. Court documents stated that Genzler previously reached a settlement with Longanbach and O'Brien and dismissed his case against them."  How about that?
  • Prosecutor alleged to have manipulated evidence--"The chief federal judge in Boston is urging the US Justice Department to find out and tell him what happened to an internal investigation of a federal prosecutor accused of withholding evidence in a high-profile Mafia case."  I'm sensing a pattern here, are you?
  • Prosecutor partied with jurors--"Two days before he was confirmed a trial judge, a Cape prosecutor privately partied with the jurors who had delivered him a guilty verdict in the contentious Christa Worthington murder trial...Though not improper - provided Welsh, 41, did not initiate Monday night’s reunion or ask jurors how they arrived at their verdict - one former prosecutor, who spoke on condition of anonymity lest he face soon-to-be Judge Welsh in the future, raised questions about Welsh’s judgment. 'What is this, ‘My Cousin Vinny’?' the prosecutor said. 'You need to maintain a professional distance.'"  Indeed.

Why must they act with such impropriety?  Won't they ever learn to behave as the rest of us in the private bar do?  Or, at the very least, they could try to model their behavior after the honorable judiciary.

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