HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 07/02/12 -- Houston criminal lawyer John Floyd has published a five part series discussing prosecutorial misconduct and its increasing role in wrongful convictions. In this series, Floyd points to specific instances of prosecutorial misconduct in both state and federal courts where prosecutors violated either specific court orders or long standing rules established by the U.S. Supreme Court. The articles then look to the failure of the appellate courts to apply significant penalties that would deter future bad acts by prosecutors. Floyd finally argues that criminalization of intentional prosecutorial misconduct is the only remedy to force compliance with court orders and laws concerning discovery of evidence.
"After nearly 300 documented cases of DNA exonerations, some of which resulted in decades in prison for innocent individuals, we should demand legislation that criminalizes intentional prosecutorial misconduct for those prosecutors who intentionally hide, alter or mischaracterize evidence used in criminal prosecutions. Undeniably, this has become the most despicable facet of our criminal justice system, and it occurs far more than most people think. It is my firm belief that this type of official misconduct should be criminally prosecuted," says Floyd.
For the Firm's publications regarding this topic and other articles relevant to criminal law from a defense perspective visit www.JohnTFloyd.com. For publications regarding prosecutorial misconduct and other issues related to criminal law visit John Floyd's Comments on Criminal Law.
About the John T. Floyd Firm:
John Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law and has been rated as among the best and brightest attorneys practicing criminal law with his recognition as one of Houston's Top Lawyers for the People (2008, 2009), Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and his "Superb" rating, scoring 10/10, from AVVO. He has appeared on national television and radio programs as an expert on criminal law related issues and has been quoted in newspapers and other news outlets throughout the country.
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John T. Floyd Law Firm
Houston Criminal Defense Lawyers
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