California Bar Asso hires its ethics “trainer” from a list of ex prosecutors prone to misconduct charges

It never fails, that when prosecutors get into trouble they get promoted and make more money. A safety net surely does exist in California for some lawyers. This seems to come from the top of the food chain, as the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris generally takes the side of prosecutors when a trial court judge tries to knock heads with a wandering prosecutor. Read this latest on Kamala’s considering a prosecutor’s cooking the books, transcripts and testimony in a specific case as a mere infraction rather than compelling misconduct.

Someone in the healthcare business would have been investigated from top to bottom for such alleged conduct (three times ) according to the article on an ex-prosecutor’s new job (linked below). Many if not all pros misconduct  findings or assertions never leave the courtroom let alone ever lead to any sanctions. Read about this ‘trainer’ for the Bar. 

An excerpt:
“It’s a bizarre choice. He’s like the poster boy of misconduct,” said Kathleen M. Ridolfi, the [NorCal Innocence] project’s former director, who teaches at Santa Clara University’s law school. “It’s a very sad statement about the Bar in California.”

Prosecutor Alfred Giannini, 2004.  (Bay Area News Group archives)

Prosecutor Alfred Giannini, 2004. (Bay Area News Group archives)

But Giannini vigorously defended his record in an interview with this newspaper, offering detailed explanations for each problematic case and criticizing the Innocence Project’s research in annual reports about prosecutorial misconduct as incomplete. The reports, which cover a period from 2009 through 2011, document the failure of the justice system, including judges and the State Bar itself, to hold prosecutors accountable for putting innocent people in prison.”

Plus more from the Wrongfulconviction blog‘s Quick Clicks.



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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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