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Wayward Prosecutors

What happens to Massachusetts prosecutors who violate defendants’ rights to a fair trial? Very little, we’ve found.

Scant discipline follows prosecutors’ impropriety in Massachusetts

In 2012, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found “egregious prosecutorial misconduct” after an assistant district attorney withheld evidence a judge had ordered him to produce for the...

With thousands of convictions in jeopardy, Mass. AG’s office scrutinized over...

Hearings could help decide how many of thousands of convictions tainted by Farak's testing may be overturned.

Vineyard prosecutor accused of misconduct in three cases

In a rare move, the judicial office that brings disciplinary cases against lawyers in Massachusetts has accused a prosecutor of professional misconduct.

Massachusetts judge pushes prosecutors for more emails in Farak case

The judge ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to coordinate on identifying undisclosed emails related to documents seized from the disgraced state crime lab chemist.

Defense attorneys say withheld Farak notes implicate prosecutors

Massachusetts prosecutors withheld evidence of corrupt state narcotics testing from a man facing drug charges, and didn’t release it until after conviction.

James Rodwell denied new trial

On Friday, a judge denied a new trial for James Rodwell, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 1981.

Wayward prosecutors go unpunished as prison time for victims piles up

A review by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting found hundreds of cases where Massachusetts courts criticized prosecutors, even to the point of reversing convictions due to misconduct. Such prosecutors are seldom even named in rulings, much less disciplined.

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