Our opinion: Wayward prosecutors should be held accountable
The Patriot Ledger - 04/19/2016
Of the cases studied, NECIR found none in which a prosecutor has been disbarred for professional misconduct. There have been only two public reprimands for misconduct since 1974, when the state Board of Bar Overseers was created, and those two carried no fines or other punishment.
“Prosecutors have more power than anyone, in many respects, over the lives of the average person,” Daniel Medwed, professor at the Northeastern University School of Law, told NECIR. “But there is almost no accountability, no transparency, and the public isn’t paying attention. That is a very, very combustible concoction.”