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January/February 2010 , Page 7 

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Shining a light on the Criminal Justice System (Inside NACDL)

By Norman L. Reimer

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This issue of The Champion, the first of two issues focusing on prosecutorial misconduct, shines a light on a serious problem in the criminal justice system. The idea to aggregate a series of articles on this topic was in part triggered by a recent spate of high-profile cases. As President Cynthia Orr notes on page 5 in her president’s column, Prosecutorial Misconduct: An Essential Term of Art, the cases involving former Sen. Ted Stevens, the Duke lacrosse players, and chemical conglomerate W.R. Grace provide clear-cut examples that have thrust the misconduct issue into the public consciousness.1 In Troubling the Heavens, Stephen Spivack, David E. Roth and Daniel P. Gordon hone in on Brady violations in the Stevens and W.R. Grace cases. The Q&A with Bob Cary and Brendan Sullivan provides firsthand insights in the case of Sen. Stevens. In addition, Angela J. Davis offers a multifaceted approach for Reform of the Prosecution Function.

Prosecutorial misconduct, however, is not new, nor is

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