Sunday, June 12, 2016

OP ED : To Stop Bad Prosecutors, Call the Feds

Prosecutors are the most powerful players in the American criminal justice system. Their decisions — like whom to charge with a crime, and what sentence to seek — have profound consequences.
So why is it so hard to keep them from breaking the law or violating the Constitution?
The short answer is that they are almost never held accountable for misconduct, even when it results in wrongful convictions. It is time for a new approach to ending this behavior: federal oversight of prosecutors’ offices that repeatedly ignore defendants’ legal and constitutional rights. There is a successful model for this in the Justice Department’s monitoring of police departments with histories of misconduct.

  I believe that this should apply to ARDC Prosecutors, etc.,  also. But what happens if the Feds are not responding? What can we do now? Just accept for innocent lives to be ruined unabated and with impunity? Without Integrity, Honesty and Transparency, and Accountability, the system is a tool of EXPLOITATION and OPPRESSION! by those who man it-who by the way are above the law!.

'Lanre O. Amu, P.E. (Illinois '89), B.C.E. (U of MN, '84), M.S.C.E. (U of MN, '86), M.B.A. (UIC, '89), J.D. (1995)

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