Pro Publica Series on Prosecutorial Misconduct in NY
Sapien and Hernandez reviewed a decade’s worth of court documents and found 30 instances in which state or federal courts identified misconduct serious enough to throw out a conviction.
Yet hardly anyone involved in the prosecutions was held accountable.
The reporters also identified more than 50 instances in which state appellate courts had criticized the tactics of prosecutors but let convictions stand. But as far as we could determine, none of these cases resulted in disciplinary action against anyone in the DA’s offices either.
WHY is there a double standard? Why are we letting prosecutors commit crimes with impunity? What is it going to take to make prosecutors follow the law they are supposed to uphold?