Prosecutorial Misconduct – Not Just For The Feds

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about recent findings where the FBI and/or Federal Prosecutors have come under fire for their failure to turn over evidence to the defense.  Last month a routine state court appeal to the Ninth Circuit turned into anything but routine once the Deputy Attorney General tried to begin his argument. The case involved two 1995 murder convictions against Johnny Baca in Riverside County.  Lower courts had previously ruled prosecutors presented false evidence in Baca’s trial but found the errors harmless and upheld the convictions.  The judges on the Ninth Circuit ‘pummeled’ the lawyers for the state of California.  The LA Times wrote: In a series of searing questions, the three judges expressed frustration and anger that California… read more →