Prosecutor Misconduct No. 1700605836 - 254645852

Definition of Offense(s)

Prosecutorial misconduct refers to actions by a prosecutor that are unethical, illegal, or violate the rights of a defendant.

Prosecutor misconduct involving bias refers to when a prosecutor allows personal opinions, prejudices, or other factors to influence their decision making or behavior in a criminal case.

Cooperative misconduct refers to a situation where the prosecutor collaborates or conspires with another party, such as the police, to commit misconduct. This type of behavior can include suppressing evidence, withholding information, or engaging in unethical tactics to secure a conviction.

Destruction of evidence refers to a situation in which a prosecutor intentionally or recklessly destroys or conceals evidence that is material to the outcome of a criminal case.

Evidence that is favorable to the defendant (exculpatory) and could impact the outcome of the defendant’s case (material) is often called “Brady material” because of the seminal 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brady v. Maryland.

Judicial proceedings type of prosecutor misconduct refers to unethical or illegal actions taken by a prosecutor during the course of a trial or other legal proceeding.

Obstruction of justice by a prosecutor refers to actions taken by a prosecutor to interfere with the administration of justice, such as hiding or withholding evidence, lying or making false statements in court, or engaging in other behavior that undermines the fairness and integrity of the legal

Witness tampering is a form of prosecutor misconduct where the prosecutor intentionally tries to interfere with the testimony of a witness in a court proceeding.