OK Prosecutor Quits After Criticism Over Plea Deal

David Pyle, an Oklahoma prosecutor who agreed to probation for an admitted child rapist with probation, has resigned. Pyle was responsible for a plea deal in which Benjamin Petty, 36, received 15 years’ probation after pleading guilty to raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp in 2016. Petty is legally blind, and Pyle had said his medical condition was a factor in the plea deal.

Will Prosecutor Misconduct Become Harder to Catch?

The dismissed case against Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy is a dramatic example of prosecutorial misconduct, which some legal experts see as a cultural flaw in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors are rarely formally punished for misconduct. As technological advances continue to expand the government’s investigative resources, some experts fear prosecutorial misconduct could become more prevalent and more difficult to detect.

A Dirty Yard Could Cost You $200K in CA Desert Cities

Cities in poor sections of the Coachella Valley use privatized prosecutors who bill residents exorbitant “prosecution fees” for minor infractions–$18,000 for a family with a busted garage door and trashy yard, $31,000 for a man who added on to his house without a permit. Advocates say the practice, sanctioned by local city councils, is a thinly veiled money-making scheme.