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Prosecutorial Misconduct: Mass Gang Indictments And Inflammatory Statements, K. Babe Howell Apr 2019

Prosecutorial Misconduct: Mass Gang Indictments And Inflammatory Statements, K. Babe Howell

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This Article examines inflammatory statements by prosecutors in the context of mass gang indictments. I contend that inflammatory remarks not only harm the justice system and defendants, particularly minorities, but also that, when prosecutors craft and repeat hyperbolic narratives about vicious gang wars, prosecutors may come to believe the narratives and become effectively blinded to the fact that these narratives are improper, unfair, and untrue. First, I review the professional rules, standards, and case law that prohibit. Then, drawing on press releases and trial transcripts from two mass gang indictments in New York City, I demonstrate how prosecution statements exaggerate ...