Prosecutorial Misconduct

Gerald H. GoldsteinNACDL is dedicated to securing meaningful, systematic reform and to preventing the insidious harm caused when a prosecutor carelessly, or purposefully, fails in his or her duties to us all. Prosecutorial overreaching and misconduct distort the truth-finding process and taint the credibility of the criminal justice system, including the outcomes they generate. When prosecutors’ fundamental obligations are ignored and individuals’ rights are violated in order to secure a conviction, little can be done to rectify the wrongs inflicted upon the individuals involved and on the system itself.

So long as this serious deficiency exists in the criminal justice system, NACDL will be on the frontlines seeking to ensure justice and due process for all and to promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice. This page contains extensive resources on the problem of prosecutorial misconduct and possible reform.

Read NACDL's Model Discovery Reform Legislation here, NACDL's Board Resolution regarding Reform of the Hyde Amendment here and the White Collar Crime Committee Report on Reform the Hyde Amendment here.  Resources on prosecutorial misconduct and possible reform are available below: 

NACDL's Discovery Reform Overview 

NACDL's Federal Discovery Reform 

Legislation, Laws & Other Commentary 

Examples of Prosecutorial Misconduct 

Law Reviews and Other Publications 

Department of Justice Materials

Joint Congressional Hearing on Prosecutorial Misconduct (Oct. 2007)

Pictured above: Seminar Co-Chair Gerald H. Goldstein moderating a panel on prosecutorial misconduct at NACDL's 6th Annual Defending the White Collar Case Seminar held in New York City in September 2010. 

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