Print Edition - 2018-08-16 | Oped
Prosecutors Need a Watchdog
Aug 16, 2018-
Jabbar Collins spent 16 years in New York prisons for a murder he didn’t commit. He was released in 2010, after key witnesses recanted their testimony and a federal judge found that the prosecutor, Michael Vecchione, had withheld critical evidence during the trial. Prosecutors don’t like to admit it. Misconduct in prosecutorial ranks remains all too common. There’s no reliable system for holding prosecutors accountable for their misconduct. But, there’s a solution. New York lawmakers in June overwhelmingly passed a bill to establish an independent, publicly accountable commission that would investigate prosecutorial misconduct. Mr. Cuomo has made criminal-justice reform a signature of his long career in public service. By signing this bill, he would move New York in the right direction, as well as set an important example for the rest of the nation.
Published: 16-08-2018 07:33