DNA exonerations proved that attorneys esteemed by their peers cannot be counted on to protect the public from being further fleeced to warehouse innocents while continually endangered by actual criminals that were not apprehended. After eight years of independent innocence advocacy, I can confidently name dozens of attorneys that are esteemed by their peers who are content to let convictions stand without examination although achieved by discredited dog handlers, outdated fire forensics, disgraced medical examiners, etc.
The FBI is entrusted to protect us from attorneys who act under Color of Law to make justice unavailable. It isn’t doing its job, even on matters within its immediate control. When The FBI admitted that their proprietary Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis was junk science – after nearly 40 years of use – they notified only prosecutors, trusting them to do the right thing. I doubt that many did.
In the mid-70’s, the US Supreme Court assigned Bar associations with the responsibility of addressing the bad behaviors of public attorneys, which is blatantly unconstitutional: Bar associations are non-governmental organizations; they can’t just be assigned law enforcement responsibilities willy-nilly, not even by SCOTUS. It remains for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to point this out to the Supremes, legislatively.
Bar associations have devolved into social club that protect their own almost exclusively, justice and public safety be damned … which I’ve repeatedly pointed out to the IRS Oversight Board are activities that are worthy of prosecution, not tax exemption. There are thousands upon thousands of darkly clouded convictions nationwide for which officers, defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges (and everyone responsible for their oversight at the local, state and federal level) are eagerly awaiting death notices of likely innocent inmates, which will allow for evidence destruction.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced last week the creation of a central office in the state that will create a process to sort through thousands of criminal cases that must be reviewed due to misconduct on the part of a chemist working with drug evidence at a state lab over a nine-year period.
David Meier, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, was named by Gov. Deval to head the office. Meier and his team will work to match specific cases with the work of Annie Dookhan, the chemist in question. Meier’s appointment was widely hailed by prosecutors and attorneys in Massachusetts as a positive move, as he has earned respect for his work and character from his peers. He will be paid $12,500 a month in the position.
The fallout and attempts to make sense of Dookhan’s errors don’t end with Meier’s appointment, however. Gov. Patrick has also asked state…
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