In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court in Giglio v. United States informed prosecutors that they had a constitutional duty to disclose to criminal defendants any information that would impeach the credibility of government witnesses, including any financial benefits provided, promised…
U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced recently that he will conduct an ethics investigation into the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation by FBI Director James B. Comey and the Justice Department.
As we have discussed before, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has a long history of rogue prosecutors who engaged in all sorts of unethical and sometimes illegal conduct to advance their professional careers.
The National Registry of Exonerations has recorded 1855 exonerations to date. Roughly 15 percent of them involved false sexual assault cases. DNA exonerations in the sexual assault cases reveal a much higher percentage of wrongful convictions.
Rules 16 and 26.2 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Jencks Act (18 U.S.C. §3500), Brady v. Maryland, and Giglio v. United States impose upon all federal prosecutors an obligation to disclose exculpatory and impeachment information.
Some diseases are incurable. People recognize that harsh reality.
The Williamson County District Attorney’s Office is apparently suffering from a potentially incurable affliction: prosecutorial misconduct. Its symptoms are varied, but include: lack of intelligence, foolishness, denseness, arrogance, hubris, immorality,…