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October 5th, 2010 by Celeste Fremon


On Monday the Northern California Innocence Project and The Santa Clara University School of Law released the most comprehensive statewide study ever undertaken on the misconduct of public prosecutors in state and federal courts—and the news is not good.

The report is called Preventable Error: A Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997-2009.

The LA Times’ Jack Leonard has more:

Hundreds of prosecutors in California — including many in Los Angeles County — have committed misconduct with near impunity as authorities failed to either report or discipline them, according to a report released Monday.

The misconduct ranged from asking witnesses improper questions during trial to failing to turn over evidence that could help a defendant and presenting false evidence in court, according to the report, which was issued by an innocence project at the Santa Clara University School of Law.

The researchers discovered 707 cases in which state and federal courts and appellate courts found prosecutorial misconduct in opinions issued between 1997 and 2009. Of those, 67 prosecutors committed misconduct in more than one case, including three who committed misconduct four times and two who did so five times.

Read the rest.


The LA Times Robert Lopez reports:

Sheriff’s investigators were responding Monday night to Men’s Central Jail, where an inmate died in an apparent suicide, authorities said.

The inmate was pronounced dead at the downtown Los Angeles jail shortly after 8 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. His name and age were not released.

More as we know it.


Chris Jacobson, who runs an online guide to criminal justice degree programs, also has a blog on the site on which he posts all manner of unlikely and intriguing criminal justice-related articles.

His most recent is a compilation of advice from 20 blogs, books and articles by insiders who give advice about how to survive—and possibly thrive—in lock-up.

(Even if you and yours are not planning to be guests of the state in the near future, the list is interesting to peruse.)

Posted in LA County Jail, LASD, Social Justice Shorts | 7 Comments »

7 Responses

  1. reg Says:

    Celeste – I still haven’t seen “Waitiing for Superman”, but here are two pieces in response to the film’s acute POV, ubiquitous Big Buzz and National Campaign pretensions that just might be “must reads” -

  2. Celeste Fremon Says:

    Ooooh, cool. Thanks reg. I’ll get more coffee and read ‘em.

    I’ve not seen it yet either. It was that or The Social Network on Saturday night, and my friends opted for the latter. Can’t say that I was overly sorry. What a terrific piece of film-making that is!

    Speaking of the New Yorker, David Denby’s review came the closest to reflecting my feelings about TSN (but said it far better than I could have).

  3. reg Says:

    Okay – After TMI about the Facebook kid from the New Yorker article (I think it was New Yorker) and not being a huge fan of Sorkin’s films (as opposed to WW which I enjoyed) I wasn’t going to see Social Network but now I will.

    This is totally random, but since I’m taking your movie recommendation, if you get a chance to see Winter’s Bone – which was pretty much invisible in theaters in the summer – maybe finding it on cable or netflix, definitely check it out. Best movie nobody else has seen I’ve caught in the last couple of years – and also one of the best indie features I’ve seen in the last couple of years. There’s not a face in the movie you’ve ever seen before – it’s about family (“against all odds”), with a chillingly stark backdrop of the Ozark mountains and the meth trade.

  4. Celeste Fremon Says:

    Thanks for the reminder about Winter’s Bone. I wonder if it’s Netflix-able yet.

    I recently read Daniel Woodrell’s novel on which the film is based. Woodrell’s amazing. I fell crazy-over-the-moon in love with his writing, just based on the one book.

  5. Sure Fire Says:

    I saw Winter Bone a few months back, great movie.

  6. reg Says:

    Here’s an interesting “diavlog” on the “Social Network” story:

  7. reg Says:

    Here’s another goodie – Matt Taibbi on the Tea Partiers:

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