Friday, May 20, 2011
George A. Weiss has posted Prosecutorial Accountability after Connick v. Thompson on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Both recent Supreme Court decisions such as Van de Kamp v. Goldstein and Connick v. Thompson, as well as newspaper incidents such as the prosecutorial misconduct of Michael Nifong and the prosecutor of the Ted Stevens case, have brought renewed attention to the issue of prosecutorial accountability. Though many have, in the past, lamented or tired to measure prosecutorial misconduct, this article argues that the theory of the Connick case (failure to train prosecutors liability under section 1983), while failing to in itself represent a new method of accountability, (failure to respond and discipline prosecutors), can be tweaked in favor of a theory both legally and politically viable.