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Prosecutorial Misconduct and Accountability

Prosecutors’ Comments Matter

Prosecutors’ Comments Matter

Stories this past week out of two different states highlight the ways in which prosecutors’ public comments may expose their biases and, in some cases, their utter disdain for defendants and the courts in which they are tried. Prosecutors’ comments to the media have...

OH: Update on the East Cleveland Three

OH: Update on the East Cleveland Three

On his way out the door, Cuyahoga County’s elected District Attorney belatedly conceded to clean up another mess: Tim McGinty dropped murder charges against the “East Cleveland Three”—Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt, and Laurese Glover. This latest and (probably) final...

FL: Looking Into the Company that Angela Corey Keeps

FL: Looking Into the Company that Angela Corey Keeps

A recent high-visibility piece in the Nation questions whether Florida’s Fourth District State Attorney Angela Corey is fit for her role—one for which she is seeking re-election. The article establishes that her jurisdiction “embodies the outdated ideas that have...

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