New at Reason: Radley Balko on Misbehaving Prosecutors

You might think that putting an innocent person in prison for a major crime like rape or murder would end or at least impede a prosecutor’s career. But as Radley Balko explains, prosecutors are rarely sanctioned for mistakes, even when their misconduct is egregious. In fact, they are often re-elected, promoted to judge, or encouraged to run for political office. Sometimes they even owe these successes to the publicity they get from high-profile convictions of people who turned out to be innocent. Here are some of the worst cases of prosecutors who put more than one innocent person in prison but suffered no significant professional consequences.

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