In Texas, a former prosecutor and current judge pled guilty to INTENTIONALLY failing to disclose evidence in a case where an innocent man was convicted of murdering his wife. While serving as a prosecutor, the prosecutor had evidence that may have helped clear the man, but instead the prosecutor didn’t disclose it.
Lawyers who choose to practice in the courtroom are often competitive by nature. However, prosecutors are not supposed to hide evidence that would show that an accused person is not guilty to try to win a case! The job of a prosecutor is to protect society by upholding the law, and to promote justice. However, society is not protected, the law is not upheld, and justice is certainly not promoted when innocent people are convicted of a crime they didn’t commit.
Most prosecutors are good, noble public servants, who usually have a very heavy caseload and are often underpaid for the very important work they do. The American justice system is one of the best in world, but errors or unfortunately, intentional misconduct, do sometimes happen. Cases like this one show the importance of obtaining experienced defense council if you are accused of a crime, even if you know you are innocent.
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