Unethical AZ prosecutor Richard Wintory suspended for 90 whole days.

State bar suspends prosecutor in handling of Tucson murder case

The State Bar found Wintory committed wrongdoing by repeatedly communicating by phone with a confidential intermediary who had been appointed to assist the defense in uncovering mitigation evidence as part of the death-penalty case.

It also found that Wintory did not inform the court, his co-counsel or his supervisors of the extent of his conversations with the confidential intermediary.

via State bar suspends prosecutor in handling of Tucson murder case.

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If a 90-day unpaid vacation is the Bar punishment for prosecutorial misconduct in an Arizona death penalty case, it follows that no punishment at all is meted out for prosecutorial misconduct in a non-death penalty case.

Prosecutorial misconduct is often habitual. Perhaps even almost always habitual.

We don’t change the content of our characters as often as we do our socks.

It would likely take more than 90 days to review each case that Richard Wintory was involved in, but Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall should order those reviews, and be prepared to fire Wintory and ask the Bar for permanent disbarment should so much as one more incident see Sunshine.

LaWall knows that the decided law in Brown v Board of Education is that anything separate is inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional, and that it’s only a matter of time before Americans get just as angry – and organized – over separate but equal justice as they did separate but equal facilities.

The days are numbered for lawbreaking prosecutors and their supervisors – worse case – facing oh-so-gentle wrist slaps for offenses that land others in federal penitentiaries.

Congress already has numerous reasons to impeach the majority of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Their decision to preserve separate but equal justice in 2011 in Connick v Thompson is but one more check mark in the “just do it” column.

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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7 Responses to Unethical AZ prosecutor Richard Wintory suspended for 90 whole days.

  1. ksergentakis says:

    A persons life is at stake here. This prosecutor should be serving a life sentence,

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    • Unfortunately, prosecutorial misconduct nationwide is so pervasive that we can’t afford life sentences for every party involved.

      What our federal government must arrange is an amnesty period to allow every officer, prosecutor, judge, etc. that skewed trial outcomes to come forward, like our government arranged amnesty for Vietnam era draft dodgers.

      The amnesty period must be brief, and the consequences for not coming forward must be severe. It’s likely that once one or two people come forward in any given judicial circuit, the rest will rush to.

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  2. “Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall should order those reviews, and be prepared to fire Wintory and ask the Bar for permanent disbarment should so much as one more incident see Sunshine.” And LaWall stated at the state legislature and other places, she cleaned up the corruption she inherited. Really?

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  3. Center for Prosecutor Integrity (CPI) http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org
    Study the new Prosecutorial Misconduct Registry launched Jan. 2014 (federal prosecutors). Because of demand from the states, CPI will begin to work on the top ten states to begin the “states” registry. The people have had enough with ALL the power and resources used against them – convictions at all costs, prosecutors fighting meaningful reform — of Arizona’s draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws — at the legislature. They live at the legislature like “prosecutor lobbyists” paid for with tax payers dollars, as they fight adamantly against the people, who pay their salaries, benefits and pensions! Time for term limits for County Attorneys / DA’s.

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    • The Center for Prosecutorial Integrity has failed to rightfully acknowledge the parties responsible for keeping justice available (mainly the corrupt majority of US Supreme Court Justices, the FBI and the Justice Department), and their off-target methods will take too long, Camille. Innocent Tommy Zeigler is on Florida’s fast-track execution list, after 38 years without one fair day in court. Tommy’s wrongful conviction is luridly and lawlessly knotted to Gary Bennett’s 30-year-old wrongful conviction. The CPI had no reason to construct a cut-off date for their registry, as both Tommy and Gary’s cases indicate. My plans are to-the-point, i.e.; have the Justice Department and Congress construct a one-year amnesty period for admitting misconduct.

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