Longstanding Problem of Rogue Prosecutors Exposed as Texas Court of Injury in Morton Case and Federal Inquiry in Stevens Matter Move Forward

District attorneys are responsible for seeking justice on behalf of the people, but that’s a joke when rogue prosecutors are involved.  We keep track of Texas prosecutors doing bad things here in the Lone Star State (check out the “DA Watch” link there in the right sidebar and here) with a careful eye on prosecutorial misconduct.

Something that seems to run rampant in Texas.

For a few prime examples, check out our November 2011 list in “Prosecutorial Misconduct is a Big, Big Problem in Texas – Here Are Just a Few Examples” and our post from earlier this month, which shows this problem has been around for a very long time, “Former Texas Death Row Inmate Kerry Max Cook’s Case Continues to Expose Texas Prosecutors Gone Wild (In a Bad, Bad Way).”

All too often, it takes the voice of outsiders as well as the continued fight of the innocent victims of prosecutorial misconduct to expose and remedy a district attorney that has gone power-mad, forgetting his or her duties to the people and to justice as evidence is hidden or cases are twisted in charges, procedure, etc.  However, sometimes the system itself does take heed of these rogue prosecutors and suddenly, investigations begin into what the state’s lawyer has done in a particular case.

Like the federal investigation into the prosecution of the Ted Stevens case and the state investigation into the prosecution of the Michael Morton matter.

Federal Inquiry Into Rogue Prosecutor In Ted Stevens Case

Back in 2008, there was a federal jury trial where Ted Stevens was convicted of lying on financial disclosure statements.  Now, all these years later, a 525 page report has been released this month by those investigating the bad actions of the prosecutors in that case.  (The Stevens conviction got overturned in 2009.)

You can read that big, fat report detailing what the rogue prosecutors did by reviewing or downloading it online here.

It’s too late for Ted Stevens to know that the Inquiry into the prosecutors bad acts has vindicated him:  Stevens died in 2010.  However, it’s not too late for the rest of us to read and learn how these prosecutors acted and what they did, which included:

  • lying (the report calls this making “astonishing misstatements”) to the defense attorneys about evidence and
  • keeping quiet and allowing perjury on the witness stand, perjured testimony that helped the state’s case.

Texas Court of Inquiry Into Prosecutorial Misconduct in Michael Morton Murder Trial

Meanwhile, here in Texas, the investigation into prosecutorial misconduct in the Morton case is still going on – no reports to read as yet.  The latest?


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