The majority of prosecutorial misconduct is likely never discovered. Even when courts find misconduct, they usually do not name the prosecutor, which protects prosecutors from accountability. This means that prosecutors who committed misconduct frequently continue practicing law without any public discipline or accountability. In fact, many prosecutors are promoted despite their misconduct and rise through the ranks of district attorney’s offices, where they have the power to train and supervise newer prosecutors, continuing a cycle of harm in the community.
Accountability NY — which is a coalition of law professors, Civil Rights Corps, and other community activists — works to identify prosecutors who have judicial findings of misconduct in their work and yet have not faced public accountability for their actions. Then professors and activists sign the grievances in these cases to demand that the Grievance Committees take action in these cases.
We need your help! Read through the grievances below to find out what Queens prosecutors have been doing and then reach out to your local Grievance Committee to let them know you want Prosecutorial Accountability. Be sure to check back – additional complaints about New York prosecutors’ misconduct will be filed in coming weeks.