Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In Louisiana prosecutor offices, a toxic culture of death and invincibility

...one of the points Justice Clarence Thomas made in his majority opinion in the Thompson case was that discipline and sanctions from state bar associations are a sufficient deterrent to prosecutor conduct (as opposed to civil or municipal liability). The problem? In both the state and municipality that gave rise to the Thompson case, bad prosecutors have been punished somewhere between barely and never. Perhaps more importantly, this has continued to be the case since the Thompson ruling came down. Longtime defense attorney Sam Dalton decided to test Thomas’s theory in the Thompson case — that state bars were a good way to keep prosecutors in check — by filing complaints with the Louisiana State Bar’s Office Disciplinary Counsel.

More:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/04/06/in-louisiana-prosecutor-offices-a-toxic-culture-of-death-and-invincibility/

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