Lawyers Behaving Badly

JusticeYou could also file this under, “Women do lie about abuse.” Maine Man Receives $375,000 After False Rape Accusation.

Prosecutorial misconduct is rarely corrected. Putting the Criminal in The Criminal Justice System.

[Prosecutor Mary] Kellett admitted in 2013 that she violated rules by making an improper argument and withholding exculpatory evidence. She was suspended for one month, but vacated that and allowed her to go through six hours of legal education instead. She’s one of the few prosecutors – and the first in the state of Maine – to be sanctioned for prosecutorial misconduct.

Vladek was finally exonerated in 2015, and he filed a federal lawsuit against those that handled his case, after he discovered more evidence was withheld

And although her office had to pay out the $375,000 she is still an attorney, and still a prosecutor. Her punishment for trying to destroy a man’s life? She had to take 6 hours of legal education. Less than one day.

The guy who settled was only one of dozen defendants. Go read the whole thing.

“The System” is not interested in Justice. It is interested in winning. It is interested in promoting political agendas.

4 thoughts on “Lawyers Behaving Badly

  1. In an adversarial system it is about winning. Shocking.
    If you are seeking justice you are in the wrong game. So what do you do? You work in that same system and hit them hard. Make it hurt then hit them again.

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  2. I could not comment on the site in the link because I refuse to join any social media and they require social media to sign on. I am a civil defense lawyer and one of my specialties is defending police and other governmental officials, including prosecutors, who are accused of violating civil rights. The comments on the linked site talk about negligence, which is wrong. A government official cannot negligently violate federal civil rights–they are only liable if they did it intentionally or with “reckless disregard” for the defendant’s rights.
    The rules this prosecutor violated are clear cut. The US Supreme Court held, long ago, that the Constitution says prosecutors MUST turn over any evidence which might tend to exonerate a defendant. The linked article also says a nurse coached the wife to scream and cry when discussing the attacks. While some coaching is fair game, this was also over the top. I am shocked that the prosecutor was not more heavily sanctioned, if what the article says is true. On the other hand, I have been involved in some high profile cases and the media invariably gets the story wrong, so who knows. I have a lawyer friend whose brother practices in Chicago. He has told stories about prosecutors having a small hangman’s noose inside their suit coat. When questioning a defendant, they would move in close and open the jacket so that the defendant could see the noose, as a means of intimidating the defendant. I usually tell my buddies that these lawyers are “some of the 95% of lawyers that give the rest of us a bad name.” At its best, human justice is imperfect. When lawyers let politics, political correctness or money be the force driving their actions it is a sham.

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