"This is not the way the system is supposed to operate. Prosecutors are supposed to be out for justice, not blood; committed to the truth, at all costs, not winning, without more.
"Prosecutors aren’t just morally obliged but legally required to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense.
"Prosecutors aren’t just one side in a battle.
"You can’t come across the smoking gun covered with fingerprints on it – come across it because you have the power of the state to collect all the evidence – and then decide to ignore it because they don’t match the fingerprints of the guy you’re prosecuting for the crime. You certainly can’t file the report from the lab for your eyes only.
"You have to tell the defendant that the smoking gun has someone else’s prints on it. He has a right to know that, and the prosecutor has a duty to tell him."There is a reason that the rules are such. The prosecutor represents the people. The people’s goal is winning, which doesn’t have to mean a perfect conviction rate."The goal is supposed to be to convict the guy who did it, not frame the guy you’ve got."
Monday, December 18, 2006
As the Hoax began, USC Law Professor Susan Estrich was a firm supporter of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. As Nifong's Hoax began to unravel, Estrich became critical of his disregard for procedure. Today, she finally appears to see clearly the rampant misconduct and deception that defines the Hoax. In a devastating missive at Fox News, Estrich shreds Nifong.
Ouch! That's going to leave a mark.
Read the rest here: Duke Justice Demands Nifong's Removal
Discuss the article here: Susan Estrich Article 12-08-2006, YOWSAH!