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prosecutorial misconduct - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
December 31st, 2011
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Prosecutors Stand Accused

Re “Justice and Prosecutorial Misconduct” (editorial, Dec. 29):

It is the height of hypocrisy when prosecutors, who call others to account for breaking rules, break rules themselves — as they may have done when, according to lawyers for Michael Morton, they failed to turn over important evidence on a murder charge for which Mr. Morton served nearly 25 years in Texas before being exonerated.

How could the United States Supreme Court give prosecutors “nearly absolute immunity” from civil suits for on-the-job conduct?

If anything, they should be held to a higher standard. Otherwise, what moral right do they have to demand punishment for wrongdoers?

And if we the people tolerate prosecutorial misconduct in our name, what right will we have to demand punishment in our name?

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