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Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct


Registry records prosecutorial misconduct
Jan 12, 2014

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity’s registry comprises 201 federal cases dating back to 1997 in which prosecutorial misconduct was found by a federal trial court or appeals court. It lists the type of case and the nature of the misconduct, from withholding evidence to perjury. The registry also includes any sanctions imposed by the court.
The information is intended to educate the public and provide a research tool for attorneys.
According to the center, the Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct was created to provide hard data that could lead to accountability by prosecutors.
“We expect many groups will use it,” said E. Everett Bartlett, Center for Prosecutor Integrity president. Among those, Bartlett included lawmakers, criminal-justice programs, forward-looking prosecutor organizations, and advocacy groups such as the Innocence Project.

On its website, the Center for Prosecutor Integrity defines itself as an organization dedicated “to preserve the presumption of innocence, assure equal treatment under the law, and end wrongful convictions.” It defines prosecutorial misconduct as “a violation of a code of professional ethics or pertinent law, or other conduct that prejudices the administration of justice, whether intentional or inadvertent.”
Bartlett expects to expand the database, and his center has calculated that there have been at least 15,000 instances of prosecutorial misconduct in the U.S. since 1970 in all state and federal courts.
Bartlett said the registry was created following several articles about the issue of prosecutor conduct, including stories in USA Today andThe Arizona Republic.
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