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

Upcoming Lectures on Peace, Justice and Sustainability at Pace in Pleasantville

The following events will take place this fall at the Pleasantville campus of Pace. The events are free and open to the Pace community and the public.

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UPCOMING LECTURES ON PEACE, JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABLITY AT PACE IN PLEASANTVILLE

The following events will take place this fall at the Pleasantville campus of Pace. The events are free and open to the Pace community and the public.

November 5, 12:20 P.M. Gottesman. “Voices from Darfur”

Nov. 6, 1:30-3:25, NB in Butcher Suite Judith Anderson, MBA, entrepreneur, business coach, and member of BPeace (Business Council for Peace) will speak on “Making a Difference in Afghanistan” – describing her trips to Afghanistan with B Peace, and organization which supports women in Afghanistan and Rwanda in starting their own businesses and becoming leaders for peace in their own communities.

Nov. 8, 1:30–3:25, Miller 33. Mr. Narinder Kakar, of the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and now coordinator of all the NGO’s dealing with sustainable development – will speak on the connection between conservation, sustainable development, and peace.

Nov. 15, 1:30 -3:25, Miller 33. John Crockett, developer of sustainable business around odorless composting of organic food scraps. John has pioneered a totally new technology for composting that is odor-free and produces organic compost which doubles the size of plants fed by this compost. He will speak about the new technology he has developed and the various environmental benefits that accrue from it.

Nov. 29, 1:30-3:25, Miller 33. Mary Kay Jou, MS, Social Work, and AVP trainer (Alternatives to Violence Program), who will speak about her trips to Rwanda and the Congo, doing Alternatives to Violence Programs there with people from both the Hutu and Tutsi tribes helping them to heal and forgive, after their tragic civic war.

Dec. 3, 1:30-3:25, Miller 33. Sue Maxam, MA, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Pace Pleasantville, will speak on the topic, Peace and Poverty, sharing her trips to South America and Africa doing social service projects supporting peoples in these regions.

Dec. 5, 1:30-3:25, Miller 33. Dr. Charlene Hoegler, Biology Dept. Pace Pleasantville, will speak about the relationship between science and environmental sustainability.

Pace Women’s Justice Center Receives Governor Pataki’s Justice Award for Combating Domestic Violence

The Pace Women’s Justice Center has been honored with New York State’s Justice Award. This is the third year of Governor George Pataki’s initiative designed to recognize individuals and organizations whose exemplary actions are particularly innovative and demonstrate a long-term commitment to ending domestic violence.

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PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER RECEIVES GOVERNOR PATAKI’S
JUSTICE AWARD FOR COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

24/7 legal services represent more than 1500 battered women a year

WHITE PLAINS — October 14, 2003 — The Pace Women’s Justice Center has been honored with New York State’s Justice Award. This is the third year of Governor George Pataki’s initiative designed to recognize individuals and organizations whose exemplary actions are particularly innovative and demonstrate a long-term commitment to ending domestic violence.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center is rapidly emerging as a leader in Westchester County in developing legal services for battered women.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, it won the Justice Award for its 24/7 domestic violence legal services, its representation in family court of over 1,500 battered women and their children a year, and its many other training and legal information programs and services. Since 1999, law students have contributed over 8,500 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims of family violence.

The WJC pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women in Westchester county by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

In addition to representing over 4,000 victims of domestic violence in the last four years, the Center annually conducts more than 100 training programs in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals, and published dozens of articles.

Its help lines address over 800 calls per year.

“On behalf of the dedicated staff of the Pace Women’s Justice Center and our clients for whom we seek justice each and every day, I want to thank the Governor and the award selection committee for this great honor.” stated Victoria L. Lutz, the attorney who is WJC executive director. “I hope the initiatives Governor Pataki is promoting to combat domestic violence will be adopted by all states so that we can eradicate violence against women nationwide.”

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is the lead agency overseeing the Justice, Freedom and Courage Awards initiative. Charlotte A. Watson, executive director of OPDV, said the recipients have demonstrated “tenacity, creativity, and brilliance.” The award was formally presented at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany earlier this month.

In addition to Justice Award presented to the Pace Women’s Justice Center, New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber received the Visionary Award. Courage and Freedom awards went to the Albany Police Department Domestic Violence Program, Lucia Davis-Raiford of Brooklyn, A New Hope Center in Owego, Mayra Skeete of Greenwood Lake, Demirjian Salons of White Plains, Child Protective/Domestic Violence Collaborations in multiple locations throughout the state, Jessica Pirro-Benigni of Buffalo and Maria Santiago of the Bronx.

Governor Pataki also proclaimed October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the state, local organizations will be taking part in activities designed to raise awareness of domestic violence, ultimately helping to save the lives of victims and their children.

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