Doctor’s Attorney Donated to Vance Amid Plea Deal

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.

Mexico’s Attorney General Quits Under Fire

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.

Why Justice System is Reluctant to Admit It’s Wrong

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.

How Milwaukee Fights Intimidation of Witnesses

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.