But wait -- the most recent DNA evidence determined that the semen found on Curdy’s girdle excluded Harris – and instead matched another man in the CODIS database. In 1994, Richard Bryan Kussmaul, James Edward Long, Michael Dewayne Shelton and James Wayne Pitts Jr.Those convictions would likely have not been possible but for the testimony of a forensic lab manager who, it turns out, cheated on his certification test. were charged with the 1992 rape of 17-year-old Leslie Murphy and her murder and that of 14-year-old Stephen Neighbors.
And Tyrone Hood, a family man who did nothing wrong, is still in prison. The Cook County DA is not concerned with innocence or guilt, but asks only, ‘How is this going to wash politically?
There is one detective in Tacoma, WA who refused to reshape evidence (lie under oath) to help prosecutors convict a woman of crimes they could not prove -- most likely because she did not commit them. It is a case about state prosecutors getting caught hiding exculpatory evidence, and getting scolded for it by the federal courts, and then violating the federal court order sanctioning them by threatening a witness and spoiling the retrial of a man they helped to wrongly convict.
It is a case where prosecutors did all of this, right up to the brief they filed with the justices, without an evident shred of public contrition for their improper conduct.
Disciplining or firing miscreants may be necessary, but it's not enough: It doesn't address the root causes of fearful culture and bad incentives.
A USA TODAY investigation documented 201 criminal cases across the nation in which federal judges found that prosecutors broke the rules.