Friday, January 02, 2009

What happens to prosecutors who pursue the innocent?

Maybe, they'll be nominated to the US Senate.

Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blogojevich's recent pick of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat demonstrates the impunity prosecutors enjoy. Propublica reports today that

"While state attorney general in 1992, Burris aggressively sought the death penalty for Rolando Cruz, who twice was convicted of raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. The crime took place in 1983. But by 1992, another man had confessed to the crime, and Burris’ own deputy attorney general was pleading with Burris to drop the case, then on appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court. Burris refused. He was running for governor."
Until there is accountability for prosecutorial misconduct, how can we expect fairness in our criminal justice system?

1 comment:

Marcia said...

"Until there is accountability for prosecutorial misconduct, how can we expect fairness in our criminal justice system?"

That is the problem. The entire judicidal process needs an overhaul.

I shake my head in disbelief and find it difficult to believe we are in the 21st century.

Thanks for exposing Burris for what he truly is. His political reputation and mentally disturbed arrogance is his only concern. This speaks volumes about Blogojevich also.