Back bill to punish rogue prosecutors

first_imgProsecutors can act with impunity because they incur no penalties for misconduct in their official duties. New York has commissions to discipline wayward judges and lawyers, but nothing exists to rein in rogue prosecutors.However, bills poised to pass the Legislature this year — Senate bill 2412-D and Assembly bill 5285-C — would establish an independent Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct to impose discipline on prosecutors who break the rules. Sadly, no prosecutor has endorsed the legislation.Ask your legislators and friends to support these bills.We are each only an arrest away from experiencing prosecutorial abuse.Frank DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York’s prosecutors are the loose cannons of our legal system. Some prosecutors regularly use false confessions and coerce guilty pleas; they hide evidence favorable to the defendant and improperly influence witnesses’ testimony; they lie to juries in order to win convictions at any cost.Consequently, innocent people often spend years in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. New York is second only to Texas in the number of wrongful convictions every year.last_img

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