state lawmakers can’t wait for the results of these inquiries to strengthen the laws against prosecutorial misconduct and find more effective ways to prevent it.Related: See, "What can the Texas Legislature do to reduce prosecutorial misconduct?"
One step advocated by experts, including the state’s Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions, is mandatory pretrial reciprocal file sharing between prosecutors and defense attorneys. Cards on the table, in other words.
Identifying blatantly malfeasant prosecutors is a tougher issue for lawmakers, since those who make honest mistakes deserve legal protection, and honest professionals should not be subject to harassment by criminals who belong in prison.
But dishonesty and willful violation of constitutional rights deserve more than a slap on the wrist. The Legislature should make that clear.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dallas News: Prosecutorial misconduct deserves 'more than a slap on the wrist'
A Dallas News staff editorial titled "Policing the Prosecutors" (Oct. 24) commented favorably on the state bar's lawsuit against Williamson County District Judge and former District Attorney Ken Anderson over alleged "Brady violations," or withholding exculpatory evidence, in the Michael Morton case, previewing the court of inquiry scheduled for December. However, they warned: