Edward “Ellis” Rollins resigned as the top prosecutor in Cecil County, Md., after he was arrested for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, for having sex, standing naked and other related acts at the sliding glass door of a hotel room while he was attending a conference of the Maryland State’s Attorneys Association.
Facing a federal investigation, Seth Williams says he won’t seek a third term as Philadelphia District Attorney. “I have made regrettable mistakes in my personal life and my personal financial life that cast an unnecessary shadow over” his office, he says.
Two weeks after he was arrested and allegedly caught on camera having sex with a prostitute, Gwinnett County, Ga., prosecutor Christopher Quinn remains on the job. His boss says he still is seeking more information on the case.
Philadelphia’s Ethics Board fined District Attorney Seth Williams $62,000 for failing to list $175,000 in gifts and income from outside sources in his annual financial disclosure forms, as required by city law. “Why did he take the money to begin with?” asks the Philadelphia Daily News.
At least 10 criminal justice reform candidates won local prosecutor elections in November. Fordham law Prof. John Pfaff says most incarceration growth in the U.S. is due to prosecutors filing more felony charges than they formerly did.
The justices agreed to hear an appeal of the 1984 convictions of seven men for the murder of Catherine Fuller. The issue is whether prosecutors failed to turn over to the defense evidence that another person committed the crime.
District Attorney Douglas Valeska of southeast Alabama typically charges defendants $1,400 to be diverted from the justice system on a felony charge and $750 for a misdemeanor. The New York Times calls it a “dismissal for sale scheme.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appoints Faith Johnson, a former judge, to replace Susan Hawk, who resigned because of mental health problems. Johnson calls herself a “servant leader” and vows to bring integrity and transparency to the job.