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Prof. Monroe Freedman Discusses Prosecutorial Misconduct on NPR

Monroe H. Freedman, Professor of Law

Evidence Of Misconduct: Never Having To Say You’re Sorry
By David Boeri
WBUR-FM / National Public Radio
December 9, 2010

Excerpt:
Freedman says, “This general failure to discipline prosecutors who are guilty of seriously unethical and unconstitutional conduct is one of the great scandals of the legal profession.”
Freedman cites a study that found that 100 state and federal prosecutors had been disciplined over the course of 100 years. And on those rare occasions when prosecutors are disciplined, it’s usually for felonies, like embezzlement and bribery.
Indeed, Freedman says, the chances of a prosecutor being punished for smoking pot are far greater than for hiding evidence and using false testimony. When I laugh and say that’s unbelievable, he says, “I wish it were unbelievable, but it’s all too believable.”
Freedman says: “In the face of numerous studies and complaints, serious ethical violations are rarely disciplined. There is no excuse. There is no justification for it.”

Listen to the full interview at wbur.org.

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