Prosecutorial Misconduct

Let’s Put Justice Back into the Justice System By: Sígrid Vendrell-Polanco, Law Clerk at the Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline** It used to be exceedingly rare for prosecutors to be reprimanded for prosecutorial  misconduct in the criminal justice system. Used to be. Could things be taking a turn for good? In November of 2013, District Judge Ken Anderson, of Williamson County, Texas, was sentenced to jail time, forced to retire as judge, and give up his license to practice law because of a Brady violation he committed in 1987. That’s right, you read that correctly: sentenced to jail time. That’s close to unheard of in criminal prosecution! Usually prosecutors with a Brady violation get a slap on the wrist for this type of prosecutorial misconduct. And to think that this happened in the most conservative state in the U.S.? Sounds impossible. So what’s the story, you ask? Well, back…