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July 13, ; Updated: August 9, ; Please read our explanation of updates made on September 11, Introduction Prosecutors wield extraordinary power in the criminal legal system. How they exercise their power can be the difference between fairness and inequality, justice and corruption, and a community with faith in its justice system or one that feels betrayed by it.
Newspapers across the country have featured elected prosecutors and their offices where there have been failures to use this authority ethically, and in many cases, where prosecutors have engaged in illegal behavior in order to win convictions.
In Orange County, California, elected District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has led an office embroiled in scandals involving a secret jailhouse informant program, the suppression of evidence, and falsified testimony.
Earlier this year in Memphis, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich faced formal disciplinary proceedings after the Tennessee Supreme Court concluded that she withheld key evidence from the defense in a murder trial and made improper arguments during her closing statement.
These disturbing stories and news reports came from diverse jurisdictions across the country. We decided it was important to investigate whether this behavior was isolated to these places and people—or even just to a few incidents—or whether it was part of pattern and practice of misconduct that runs through these offices and states.
Our researchers conducted an exhaustive review of every available state appellate court opinion dealing with allegations of prosecutorial misconduct published in California, Louisiana, Missouri, and Tennessee from January 1, to December 31, We reviewed these opinions to determine whether the Court described misconduct attributable to the prosecution,  whether it found such misconduct to be harmful to the defendant, and whether the court reversed the conviction or provided some other form of relief.
This data provides critical insight into whether elected prosecutors in New Orleans, Memphis, Orange County, and the City of Saint Louis engage in, or oversee offices that engage in, more misconduct than other offices throughout their states.
What we found is noteworthy — these four prosecutors, and the people who work with them, have repeatedly violated their constitutional and ethical duties, oftentimes shattering the lives of the defendants and their families.
This report examines some of this misconduct and compares the rate at which it occurred with the rate that it occurred in other jurisdictions in these states. For each jurisdiction in these four states, we measured the total number of cases involving misconduct, the total number of cases involving misconduct per capita, the total number of reversals, and the total number of reversals per capita.
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Adjusted for population, out of the 95 counties in Tennessee, 89 percent had fewer misconduct findings per capita than Shelby, and 94 percent of counties had fewer misconduct-based reversals per capita.
The scope of misconduct in the office has included offenses such as failing to disclose relevant evidence to the defense, known as a Brady violation, as well as inappropriate conduct and statements during trial. Weirich committed two different types of misconduct in a case involving a defendant named Noura Jackson, who was accused of killing her mother.
Under the Fourteenth Amendment, the government has an ironclad duty to disclose exculpatory material — known as Brady evidence — to the defense prior to trial.
Despite numerous defense requests for that material, the government withheld an inconsistent statement by its star witness which suggested that he had fabricated key pieces of his testimony — namely, his testimony placing Jackson at the crime scene during the time the murder occurred.
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The post-conviction prosecutor then asked Weirich for permission to open the manila envelope.Schools & Physical Punishment. Physical punishment is part of our puritan heritage. Even the most kind-hearted of people, when influenced by this dogmatic set of beliefs, have been known to say something like the following: "Kids today are mollycoddled.
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