Criminal prosecutions in the United States are loaded with rules and processes to avoid sending innocent people to prison. In many cases, however, those measures fail to prevent a wrongful conviction-often because a prosecutor's misconduct inappropriately affected the verdict.
An organization called the Northern California Innocence Project recently hosted a panel discussion after releasing its annual report on wrongful convictions. The report painted a severely unflattering picture of numerous errors and misconduct on the part of prosecutors. It found misconduct in 92 California cases, occurring at all stages of the court process. Eleven percent of the errors were severe enough to require a retrial or vacated conviction.
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