The IRE website will be unavailable while we complete routine maintenance on Friday, December 17 from 8-10 am CT.
IRE favicon

Shop

Resource ID: #26885
Subject: Courts
Source: The News Tribune
Affiliation: 
Date: 6-22-14, follow-up stories on 7-31-14, 9-28-14, 10-29-14

$0.00

Description

TNT's story uncovered a bungled prosecution based on demonstrably false facts, and subsequent attempts to conceal prosecutorial errors from the defense and the courts over a four-year span. The defendant sued for false arrest and sought disclosure of relevant records. Prosecutors tried to prevent that disclosure and failed. A sheriff's deputy sought to disclose information revealing the same missteps; prosecutors tried to prevent it, and failed. Subsequently, they tried to label the deputy as a dishonest cop. The deputy resisted; prosecutors sought to silence him with a barrage of legal fees. They failed. The story exposed the scorched-earth tactics of prosecutors bent on winning by any means necessary, even if it meant discrediting a law enforcement officer who told the truth. Intertwined cases are still active, tied to multiple appeals in higher courts; prosecutors continue to lose those arguments.

141 Neff Annex   |   Missouri School of Journalism Columbia, MO 65211   |   573-882-2042   |   info@ire.org   |   Privacy Policy
apartmentpenciluserscalendar-fullcrossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram