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February 4, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
GEORGETOWN, Texas - In emotional testimony Monday, a Texas man told a judge how it felt spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. “Brutal,” Michael Morton said. “But after a couple decades, I got used to it.” Morton, 58, who grew up in Los Angeles, was convicted in the 1986 beating death of his wife, Christine, at their home. He was exonerated and released almost a year and a half ago after DNA tests confirmed his innocence. Another man has since been charged in connection with the killing.
June 21, 2006 | Alan Hirsch, ALAN HIRSCH, a visiting professor of legal studies at Williams College, created and operates
BY ALL APPEARANCES, the sexual assault case against three members of the Duke University lacrosse team involves serious prosecutorial misjudgment, if not downright misconduct. Michael B. Nifong, the Durham County, N.C., prosecutor, made public accusations long before the conclusion of the investigation and now forges ahead even as DNA, witness statements, medical reports and other evidence lead impartial observers to find the case ridiculously weak. Sadly, such conduct is not uncommon.
April 8, 2009
Just because a federal judge dismissed all charges Tuesday against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens doesn't mean he's not a crook.
September 19, 1986 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general's office will not conduct an independent investigation at this point of alleged prosecutorial misconduct by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter trial, a spokesman said Thursday. Chief Deputy Atty. Gen. Nelson Kempsky said that such an investigation, requested by defense attorneys, would be premature--if necessary at all--because "the matter is still pending before the judge" in Los Angeles Superior Court.
June 14, 2005
Although I am not a big Michael Jackson fan, I am pleased that the jury was smart enough to acquit him on all charges. I feel it was evident that if he were guilty, there would have been a parade of accusers coming forward to testify against him. The only thing that Jackson is guilty of is being weird. Fortunately, being weird is not a crime or half the population of California would be in prison. Judy Price Hemet There are three basic rules of parenting: (1) Feed your child daily.
April 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California bar court has recommended that Del Norte County Dist. Atty. Jon Michael Alexander be stripped of his law license for prosecutorial misconduct. In an opinion released Friday, the State Bar Court of  California found Alexander  guilty of withholding exculpatory evidence, perjury and speaking to a defendant without the permission of her attorney. “His abuse of his prosecutorial power has negatively impacted the reputation of the district attorney's office and the public's trust in the judicial system,” the court wrote.
November 19, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for accused Chinese double agent Katrina Leung have asked a federal judge to throw out the indictment against her on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, it was disclosed Thursday. A motion filed in U.S. District Court accused federal prosecutors of illegally and unethically exacting a commitment from Leung's former FBI handler and lover, James J. Smith, that effectively bars him from speaking to the defense about the case.
March 15, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Kim Murphy
A team of government lawyers prosecuting Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska never fully reviewed evidence that could have bolstered his defense, were inadequately supervised and withheld information that would have “seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government's key witness” in his 2008 corruption trial, a special counsel has determined. The 514-page report from Washington lawyer Henry F. Schuelke III, however, stopped short of urging criminal misconduct charges against the six Stevens prosecutors because the federal judge in the case never “specifically” ordered prosecutors to turn over helpful material to the defense.
November 10, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Citing "serious misconduct" by prosecuting authorities, the state Supreme Court on Monday overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a San Diego insurance executive accused of arranging the fatal beating of an attorney in 1981. The justices, in a unanimous 93-page opinion, ordered a new trial for Herman G.
February 5, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Stung by charges of professional misconduct, the U.S. attorney's office called on a federal judge Friday to rescind her order dismissing the criminal case against accused Chinese double-agent Katrina Leung. A motion for reconsideration filed with the court insisted that "there was no prosecutorial misconduct and there has been no prejudice to Leung's ability to obtain a fair trial." In unusually blunt language, the prosecutor's office also told U.S.
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