Sunday, April 25, 2010

Prosecutor Sleeps with Judge: Conflict of Interest?

Dahlia Lithwick writes about a distressing conflict of interest in a murder trial -- a conflict that does not seem to distress reviewing courts. Courting Disaster: The most outrageous thing about the Texas judge who slept with the prosecutor in a death-penalty case, Slate, April 24, 2010.

You don't even have to take a position on Hood's guilt, innocence, or the efficacy of the death penalty to recognize that when a judge and prosecutor are secret paramours, the integrity of the whole judicial system suffers.
Thanks: Jennifer Wertkin

Corrected 6/25/10

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