Prosecutorial Misconduct Law and Legal Definition

Prosecutorial misconduct is conduct which violates court rules or ethical standards of law practice. Examples, among others, may include:

  • Courtroom misconduct (making improper remarks or improperly introducing evidence designed to prejudice the jury: violating rules regarding selection of the jury; or making improper closing arguments);
  • Hiding, destroying or tampering with evidence, case files or court records;
  • Failing to disclose evidence that might tend to exonerate the defendant
  • Threatening, badgering or tampering with witnesses;
  • Presenting false or misleading evidence;
  • Selective or vindictive prosecution
  • Denial of a speedy trial rights
  • Use of unreliable and untruthful witnesses and snitches
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