February 26, 2009
Prosecutor Charged With Ethics Violations
The Michigan Attorney Grievance Administrator has filed a formal complaint alleging that the chief prosecutor for the Wayne County major drug unit offered knowingly false testimony throughout a criminal matter by concealing the informant status of a crucial state witness. It is further alleged that the prosecutor knowingly made false closing and rebuttal arguments based on the evidence. The jury convicted one defendant and was unable to reach a verdict and hung with respect to a second defendant. As to the convicted defendant, the prosecutor's office confessed error and the case was remanded for a new trial. The other defendant was convicted at his second trial.
The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction but noted the misconduct of the prosecutor in the first trial. (Mike Frisch)
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