Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Little concern for justice in New Orleans

Thursday, January 3rd, 2012
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river?  He turns to his pursuer, a federal agent played by Tommy Lee Jones, and says: “I’m innocent!”  Jones shakes his head and says: “I don’t care.”  In recent months, a series of investigative reports from all across the country have concluded that numerous federal and state prosecutors are primarily interested winning — getting the indictment, the guilty plea, the conviction. But when it comes to seeking justice, they just don’t seem to care.

The Houston Chronicle has written of widespread abuses on the part of state and federal prosecutors throughout Texas, reporting “story after story of egregious prosecutorial misconduct.  Prosecutors have repeatedly robbed innocent men of their liberty.”  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated misconduct by prosecutors in a recent ten part series and concluded that:  “Hundreds of times in the past 10 years, federal prosecutors have pursued justice by breaking the law.  They lied, hid evidence, distorted facts, engaged in cover-ups, paid for perjury, and set up innocent people in a relentless effort to win indictments, guilty pleas and convictions.”

The Wall Street Journal was just as blunt in a recent editorial that read:  “Something is very rotten at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Americans hand prosecutors an awesome power – the power to destroy fortunes and futures, and in this case to reallocate national political power. We are seeing a pattern of abuse of this power, in order to win big cases.”  And from The New York Times:  “It is the height of hypocrisy when prosecutors, who call others to account for breaking rules, break rules themselves.” Continue reading……….

5 thoughts on “Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Little concern for justice in New Orleans”

  1. A good column by Jim Brown. Several choice quotes here.

    If he removed some unnecessary paragraphs (like the first and last two) and fused his point about justice into the Letten saga– or perhaps his own experience– this would be a home run.

  2. Oyster: I think you really meant to say if he only eliminated all paragraphs and got over his own perceived persecution as Insurance Commissioner, who negotiated one too many funny insurance deals, especially his endorsement of his infamous “hurricane deductibles”.

  3. Professor William Anderson, (Google him) for years did exposes of prosecutorial misconduct, particularly the Duke Lacross mockery of justice. The exposes are out there, people!

  4. yes prosecutorial misconduct is egregious so is hounding whistleblowers and dragging them thru the courts denying them justice the stakes are higher in a criminal prosecution which can result in execution but where monetary ruin is the measure the harm is the same and the misconduct is almost always in the case of retaliation against whistleblowers inflicted by those very people who covered up for the criminals in order to benefit from that cover up i will never understand why government attacks whistleblowers and I really will never understand why government doesn’t make amends when the whistleblower’s charges are independently confirmed yes i am referring to Vandenweghe v Jefferson Parish but there are so many other names which could be inserted Simon Lee Robinson Hilliard and many more

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