Re: "Misconduct in court" (TNT, 4-19).
The Pierce County prosecutor’s defense that what the appellate courts have determined to be prosecutor misconduct is actually vigorous and aggressive prosecution. It is suggested that a change in laws caused many reversals, but the other counties are subject to the same laws, at the same time, and do not have the same rate or reversals. None have had a prosecution dismissed for vindictiveness.
The prosecutor’s office, we are told, conducts internal reviews and training sessions. The response that it did nothing wrong suggests there will be no change in prosecutorial conduct, anymore than we we can expect an alcoholic in denial to change his behavior.
The prosecutor’s office has not yet produced the numerous documents that it has been ordered to produce. They may reveal much in how the office prosecutes cases and why.
Vigorous prosecution is not a reason why cases get reversed. The office has not been unjustly singled out. If it continues to blame others for its errors, more convictions will be overturned.