USA Today – Prosecuters’ Conduct can Tip Justice Scales – Prof. Gershman

Law professor Bennett Gershman was quoted in a USA Today investigation of misconduct by federal prosecutors, saying it revealed “glaring misconduct” that is only “the tip of the iceberg.”

Law professor Bennett Gershman was quoted in a USA Today investigation of misconduct by federal prosecutors, saying it revealed “glaring misconduct” that is only “the tip of the iceberg.”

The story that was also picked up in many other daily newspapers nationwide. Here’s an excerpt:

“Federal prosecutors are supposed to seek justice, not merely score convictions. But a USA TODAY investigation found that prosecutors repeatedly have violated that duty in courtrooms across the nation. The abuses have put innocent people in prison, set guilty people free and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and sanctions.

Judges have warned for decades that misconduct by prosecutors threatens the Constitution’s promise of a fair trial. Congress in 1997 enacted a law aimed at ending such abuses.

Yet USA TODAY documented 201 criminal cases in the years that followed in which judges determined that Justice Department prosecutors — the nation’s most elite and powerful law enforcement officials — themselves violated laws or ethics rules.

In case after case during that time, judges blasted prosecutors for “flagrant” or “outrageous” misconduct. They caught some prosecutors hiding evidence, found others lying to judges and juries, and said others had broken plea bargains.

USA TODAY found a pattern of “serious, glaring misconduct,” said Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman, an expert on misconduct by prosecutors. “It’s systemic now, and … the system is not able to control this type of behavior. There is no accountability.”

He and Alexander Bunin, the chief federal public defender in Albany, N.Y., called the newspaper’s findings “the tip of the iceberg” because many more cases are tainted by misconduct than are found. In many cases, misconduct is exposed only because of vigilant scrutiny by defense attorneys and judges.

Prosecutors’ conduct can tip justice scales – USATODAY.com.

Prof. Gershman was also interviewed by News 12 on August 27 on potential criminal charges for purgery for New York State Governor David Paterson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXwbVHrAy4w

Center for Applied Ethics of Pace University Presents Free Lectures

Center for Applied Ethics of Pace University Presents Free Lectures at the Pleasantville and Manhattan Campuses

Contact: Mary E. Horgan, (914) 923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu

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Center for Applied Ethics of Pace University Presents Free Lectures

WHAT: “Passing, Traveling, and Reality: Social Construction and the Rules of Race.”

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 1:30-3:30

WHERE: New York City, Lecture Hall South, One Pace Plaza

WHAT: “Beyond Anti-essentialism.”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 1:30-3:30

WHERE: Pleasantville, Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite

WHAT: “Race, Capital Punishment, and the Cost of Murder.”

WHEN: April 22, 1:30-3:30

WHERE: New York City, Lecture Hall South, One Pace Plaza

SPEAKERS:

Michael Cholbi received his PhD from the University of Virginia and is currently assistant professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College (CUNY).
He has published articles on such topics as Kant’s moral theory, egoism, punishment, and suicide. He is currently working on problems surrounding moral skepticism.

Ron Mallon received his PhD in philosophy from Rutgers. He currently holds two academic positions, assistant professor in the philosophy at the University of Utah and a Visiting assistant. professor in the philosophy at Hong Kong University. His worked has appeared in Philosophy of Science, Social Theory and Practice (both journals). He has published in the areas of political philosophy, philosophy of science, metaphysics and race theory.

For more information on these events contact: Lori L. Alward, assistant professor of philosophy and environmental studies, (914) 773-3671. For directions: www.pace.edu

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu