A Portland judge ruled that senior prosecutors violated evidence discovery obligations in a high-profile 2014 murder case. He said they failed to share promptly with the defense a police detective’s notes reflecting a statement by a key cooperating witness who initially did not place one of the accused at the scene of the crime.
Why do innocent people go to jail? Two Texas State University professors argue that procedural mistakes like eyewitness misidentification and flawed forensic evidence are compounded by a common human failing: once we come to a conclusion about an issue, we rarely pay attention to evidence that might contradict it.
Boston’s DA is under fire from critics, including the local press, for decisions that allegedly let “criminals off the hook.” In fact, she’s pursuing the vision of justice that won her election as a “progressive” prosecutor—and threatens defenders of the status quo, argues TCR’s legal columnist.
Less than six months into her tenure as Suffolk County district attorney in Boston, Rachael Rollins is making good on her promise not to prosecute certain “low-level” nonviolent offenses, but that’s put her in the crosshairs of opponents who say she is compromising public safety.
There will be a recount in the district attorney’s race in Queens, N.Y. Tiffany Cabán, a 31-year-old public defender, saw an 1,100-vote lead in the Democratic primary evaporate, with Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, taking the lead.
Insurgent challenger Tiffany Cabán held a narrow lead over longtime local politician Melinda Katz in the Queens Democratic primary, a vote likely to determine the borough’s first new top prosecutor in nearly three decades.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin ordered a special prosecutor appointed to re-investigate the circumstances of onetime “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack on a frigid January night in downtown Chicago. The judge blasted prosecutor Kim Foxx’s handling of the case.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner deflects criticism from Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who suggests he isn’t tough on crime. Krasner insists his office continues to prosecute most gun cases.