Why prosecutors get away with misconduct

Source: Washington Post
by Radley Balko

“Lara Bazelon would love to tell you all about the complaints she has filed against prosecutors for misconduct. The University of San Francisco law professor has filed eight complaints, mostly in California, but also in Georgia and Minnesota. In every case, an appeals court found significant misconduct that resulted in an overturned conviction. But Bazelon can’t say much more than that. While prosecutors often hold news conferences or orchestrate ‘perp walks’ when indicting people for crimes, when prosecutors themselves are accused of wrongdoing, state bars and other authorities make sure you never hear about it. ‘I can’t say more because it could subject me to a complaint myself,’ Bazelon says. What she can say is that none of the complaints have resulted in significant disciplinary action.” (11/18/21)