by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica, June 4, 2014, 10:26 a.m. Leeper’s presentation won the day. The jury returned a guilty verdict. Fleming, 27, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. It took 24 years, but eventually it became clear that there had been much more to Fleming’s alibi defense, and that Leeper had failed […]
Prosecutors who are implicated in misconduct often seem immune from meaningful punishment.
Anderson was the rarest of defendants, a prosecutor criminally charged for his role in having helped send an innocent man to prison.
The reporters also identified more than 50 instances in which state appellate courts had criticized the tactics of prosecutors but let convictions stand.
Part 2 of Who polices the prosecutors?
A ProPublica analysis of more than a decade’s worth of state and federal court rulings found more than two dozen instances in which judges explicitly concluded that city prosecutors had committed harmful misconduct. In each instance, these abuses were sufficient to prompt courts to throw out convictions.