43% Believe Prosecutorial Misconduct is Widespread, Survey Finds


About 43 percent of Americans responding to a telephone survey believe that prosecutorial misconduct is widespread, a Maryland-based organization called the Center for Prosecutor Integrity said today. The survey in June of about 1,000 people found that 72 percent of respondents believe new laws are needed to curb prosecutor misconduct and two-thirds believe that the “presumption of innocence is becoming lost in our nation’s legal system.”

The group issued a “white paper” on wrongdoing by prosecutors, citing the conclusion of the National Registry of Exonerations that 43 percent of wrongful convictions are attributable to official misconduct. The organization cited various studies concluding that “sanctions are imposed on only 1-2% of prosecutors who were found to have engaged in misconduct, even when the misbehavior was found to be egregious.” The group describes itself as “a project of Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working for legal reform to protect victims and the wrongfully accused.”

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