In continuing the theme of the US judicial system “healing itself,” this 19 page summary report (published in 2010 by the NorCal Innocence Project; funded by the Veritas Initiative ) on the 1997 to 2009 history of California’s feeble (actually its worse than that) recognition that prosecutorial injustice even exists, let alone deserving of punishment.
Noted co-author is Pulitzer honoree Maurice Possley who is now reporting at The Marshall Project. Kathleen M. Ridolfi is the primary author.
A seminal event preceeding the Veritas report was the 1999 Chicago Tribune 5 part series, done by Ken Armstrong, Maurice Possley, and ChiTrib staffers entitled…. “Trial and error. how prosecutors sacrifice justice to win.”
In a rather ironic statement, the front matter of the Veritas report begins with:
The responsibility of a public prosecutor differs from that of the usual advocate; his
duty is to seek justice, not merely to convict. – American Bar Association
It is difficult to over emphasize the efforts of these dedicated journalists and legal researchers who have carried the flag for judicial reform in the United States.