prosecutorial misconduct

Federal Prosecutorial Ethics

Arkansas businessman, John Stacks, is about to stand trial in federal court.  Mr. Stacks is attacking the charges and the conduct of the government agents.  Prosecutors don’t like what he’s been saying and asked a judge to squelch their target’s ‘false allegations.’

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [Sept. 4]:

A Case that ‘Should Never Have Been Prosecuted’

One of last month’s notable legal stories drew surprisingly little attention in the general press. In Maryland, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus ordered the acquittal of Lauren Stevens, a former in-house lawyer for drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, who had been charged with obstructing a federal investigation.

Trouble in Georgia: The Tonya Craft Trial

William Anderson has been blogging about a child abuse prosecution underway in Georgia in which  Tonya Craft is accused of abusing her daughter.  The daughter, some of her friends (and their parents), and Ms. Craft’s ex-husband are witnesses for the state — so Ms. Craft needed and obtained a good defense lawyer.  However, there is only so much a defense lawyer can do when the prosecutor and the judge in the case start breaking rules.  

The Crusade against Sexting

As my colleague Tim Lynch pointed out in this post, the Third Circuit recently upheld an injunction against a prosecutor who threatened charges against teenagers who engaged in “sexting.” A conviction would have turned these minors into registered sex offenders for flirting via cellphone.

Judge Dresses Down Federal Prosecutors

When we hear the phrase “witness intimidation” we’re likely to think of a gang member who is on trial or about to go on trial and, to evade justice, tries to have key witnesses change their story so the case will collapse.  We hardly ever hear about cases where the prosecutors try to intimidate witnesses.  But it happens.  In an extraordinary proceeding this week in Santa Ana, CA, a federal judge reprimanded prosecutors for contemptible con

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