A grand jury filed more than a dozen criminal charges against District Attorney Miles Karson of Mercer County, Pa. Karson, 72, was accused of obstructing the administration of law by asking other officials to help a woman who was put on probation on drug charges.
A donation of $250 to the campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance raises questions about how his office vets contributions for potential conflicts of interest, CBS News reports. The donation came from a defense attorney on the day a key motion was filed in a sexual assault case that ended with a plea deal.
A federal lawsuit takes aim at Newe Orleans prosecutor Leon Cannizzaro’s controversial use of so-called “fake subpoenas” to pressure witnesses to talk, as well as arresting material witnesses who refuse to cooperate. Cannizzaro no longer uses the fake subpoenas but defends arresting witnesses.
Raúl Cervantes, an ally of President Enrique Peña Nieto, resigned on Monday, handing victory to a coalition of social groups that have demanded an autonomous prosecutor. The country’s homicide rate is at its highest level in 20 years and 17 former state governors are under investigation for corruption.
Criminal defense lawyers groups and the Innocence Project challenge a ruling by a federal judge in Brooklyn that wrongfully convicted defendants can’t win suits against prosecutors by citing their supervision and training.
No one tracks how often the wrongly convicted are pressured to accept plea deals in lieu of exonerations. In Baltimore City and County alone—two separate jurisdictions with their own prosecutors—ProPublica identified at least 10 cases in the last 19 years in which defendants with viable innocence claims ended up signing “Alford” pleas or time-served deals.
Federal prosecutors had sought 1.3 million IP addresses for people who visited a website aimed at protesting President Trump’s inauguration. The government now says it is seeking only evidence of a “premeditated riot” on Inauguration Day.
When a man was killed in 2007 after he resisted threats and bribes and testified against a man who had shot him, District Attorney John Chisholm created a team of investigators to target people who threaten witnesses. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tells how the effort has worked, in a six-part series.