Are Prosecutors Above the Law?

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By Susan Grigsby

There is something terribly wrong with a justice system that allows an inordinate amount of power to reside in the hands of one office that not only has no real accountability or oversight, but is insulated from the consequences of its actions by court-granted immunity. And no, I am not talking about Supreme Court justices, but about prosecuting attorneys.

The prosecuting attorney—whether local, state, or federal—has an incredible amount of authority and discretion in how to exercise that authority. The prosecuting attorney decides how many, and what kind of charges are brought in criminal prosecutions. The prosecuting attorney has the ability to directly charge a crime, or to use a grand jury for more serious crimes, to indict a defendant. The prosecuting attorney has the authority to offer plea bargains.

And while there should be some type of accountability other than election, and…

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  1. Yes indeed.

    There IS something wrong when prosecutors are rarely held accountable for crimes against the public. “Rarely” generally means NEVER.

    A Federal Court went on both transcript and video record recently in which the Judge stated that “prosecutorial misconduct is rampant in California.” He stated that during a hearing in which an inmate was being discussed who had been convicted by a prosecutor who later was confirmed to have been a liar in the case. Yet the prosecutor, despite felony perjury, was allowed to retire… with his cozy government pension…. allowed to keep his law license… and was NOT prosecuted. The case in point was from the Riverside, California, District Attorney’s Office.

    Yet the government criminals escape being prosecuted themselves.

    The justice system is a farce.


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