Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity has just launched its Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct.  This is a significant step in documenting the hard data that will ultimately be required to effect some measures of accountability and sanctions for errant and unethical prosecutors.

Here is the press release from the Center for Prosecutor Integrity:

In Wake of NY Times Editorial, CPI Unveils Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct

 WASHINGTON / January 8, 2014 – Today the non-profit Center for Prosecutor Integrity (CPI) announces the launching of the new Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct. The unveiling comes three days after a New York Times’ editorial charged ethical violations by prosecutors have become “rampant” across the nation: http://nyti.ms/1hu7K7V

 The Registry is the first publicly available national online database to catalog judicial or legal disciplinary committee findings of prosecutorial misconduct. The Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct will allow lawmakers, researchers, legal organizations, criminal justice reform groups, and others to identify common types of misconduct, assess trends, and compare jurisdictions.  The database includes over 15 fields such as Crime, State, Prosecutor Name, Trial Year, Misconduct Type, and Sanction Type. The Finding field features the opinion or determination by a disciplinary body or by a trial, appellate, or supreme court.

The Registry database can be viewed here: http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/registry/database/A graph summarizing the most common types of misconduct committed by federal prosecutors is available here: http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/registry/graph/numberbymisconducttype/

The database can be accessed by any individual at no charge using Sort, Filter, or Search functions. The Registry defines prosecutorial misconduct as the violation of any pertinent code of professional ethics or law, or other conduct that prejudices, or appears to prejudice the administration of justice.  The database currently features 200 cases of misconduct by federal prosecutors. Additional cases will be added to the database on a state-by-state basis. CPI will identify state-level partners to facilitate data access.

“As a former district attorney, I have become deeply concerned that the American public has begun to question the ethical commitment of prosecutors,” notes CPI chairman Phillip Kuhn. “The Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct will promote accountability and help advance the integrity of prosecutorial practice.”

Additional information about the Registry can be seen here: http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/registry/.  Persons may submit cases for consideration for inclusion: registry@prosecutorintegrity.org .

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity is working to preserve the presumption of innocence, assure equal treatment under law, and bring an end to wrongful convictions through the enhancement of prosecutor ethics: http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/

2 responses to “Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct

  1. Thanks Phill. The VOTS (victims of the system) like myself that can tie a verifiable / vettable WC to the very ADA of Record, are thrilled to learn about the creation of the CPI, and wish to extend a hardy good luck in your endeavor to those that chose to embark on a mission that will undoubtedly benefit the public at large, if not the entire nation.

    This is a big Fn Deal folks and just might be the magic bullet that prevents a wanna be from actually becoming a Rogue and hopefully is the reason why a Rogue or two starts playing the game fairly. The Team over at The PNG of Texas will be submitting cases for inclusion and we encourage others to do the same. Thanks.

  2. Is it prosecutorial misconduct when a prosecutors office changes the law just to charge somebody with something when the evidence that’s available clearly makes another person guilty but in my case in Berkeley Co. WV my husband owed a man money and he gave this man checks of mine without my knowledge and my checks bounced but I was arrested even though the investigation and evidence clearly showed that my husband owed a debt not me and I was told that I was guilty by association. Public defender said he did not see evidence and he wouldn’t go to trial for me. I accepted plea because I couldn’t afford a lawyer and I was charged with 2 worthless checks on a pre-existing debt. I have a criminal record now. When people look at my criminal record it starts out with 7 felonies. Three checks were never deposited into the bank and I was charged for these being worthless checks. According to Jefferson and Berkeley co. magistrate courts you cannot get a warrant for a third party check you have to sue. Is this a form of prosecutorial misconduct when the prosecutor chooses to prosecute me because I “was guilty by association”? I am innocent and my criminal record is making it really hard for me to get a job. This arrest has ruined my life.

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