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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Student Grading in Innocence Projects

The New York Times article, Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists, discusses a prosecutor's subpoena for "the grades, grading criteria, class syllabus, expense reports and e-mail messages" of students in the innocence project at Northwestern's journalism school, to ascertain "whether students believed they would receive better grades if witnesses they interviewed provided evidence to exonerate" the subject of their investigation.
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It seems that the prosecutor is deflecting the topic by attacking the method used to prove innocence. This action is on the heels of prosectors charging those with "purjury" having cases that the prosectors & defense decided to plea bargain instead of letting the jury do their job.

Are there any laws on the books that prevent prosecutors from intimidation?

Posted by: NoMoreNoloContendere | Oct 26, 2009 9:20:19 AM

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