Prosecution Quality versus Corruption and Incompetence
Here is an article about a Washington State policeman, who was framed by his supervisor (who was also having an affair with his wife).
Washington State’s Wrongfully Convicted article from Seattle News about the investigating detective who found the evidence to exonerate Clyde Ray Spencer. There must be many cases which should be resolved, but where the evidence cannot be found 2 or 3 decades afterwards.
The cruellest point made in these articles, is that in almost every single one of these cases where exoneration has been the outcome, the perjurors have never been prosecuted or disciplined in any way.
This is a close echo of false complainants extremely rarely being prosecuted.
The other common thread, is prosecution not honouring the accused’s right to discovery of all information held by the prosecution, in particular information which might support a conclusion of innocence.
While complainants and prosecutors and police are not subject to any pressures to honour discovery, these serious abuses of justice will continue.
Perhaps even worse, when one prosecutor has been shown to have used fraud and perjury, no effort is made to follow up other cases handled by the same prosecutor or policeman.
Compare that attitude to “getting it right”, to the way aeroplane crashes are investigated. The approach is to avoid politics and get the facts out into view. If a plane is shown to have a built in defect, as soon as the solution is proven, it must be retrofitted to all other similarly affected aeroplanes.
I believe that failure to reinvestigate old suspect convictions is a serious problem in NZ, for example Teina Pora case. Similarly, there almost certainly are a significant number of men and women in NZ prisons on non-factual evidence, but due to the non investigation of related cases, they continue to rot in jail.
All of these situations bring out our failure to manage conflicts of interest. This is what opens the door to corruption.
Are unmanaged conflicts of interest hazardous to our children and our wealth?