The ruling affects all drug cases tested at the state lab between 2009 and 2013.
“New York will be the first state to show it will no longer tolerate the unethical and immoral actions of District Attorneys who abuse their enormous power in the criminal justice system."
Prosecutors are generally immune from accountability. A new joint initiative from Civil Rights Corps and the ACLU seeks to change that.
Having prosecutors police themselves is like having a hungry fox guard the henhouse. In almost all of the cases of exoneration in recent years, prosecutors have fought tooth and nail to maintain these false convictions knowingly and intentionally.
On behalf of the many innocent people in prison, I ask: why are the crimes that have been committed against us continually being swept under the rug of injustice?
In exoneration cases over the last two years, prosecution misconduct was responsible for 75% of the wrongful convictions.
Innocent people shouldn't have to suffer from underfunded attorneys. These attorneys need to be fully funded to be effective for those who cannot afford counsel.