You’re All Out
A defense attorney uncovers a brazen scheme to manipulate evidence, and prosecutors and police finally get caught.
Judge Thomas Goethals listens to arguments during a motion hearing in the trial of Scott Dekraai on March 18, 2014 in Santa Ana, California.
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Prosecutorial and police misconduct are often dismissed as just a few bad apples doing a few bad apple-ish things. But what happens when it’s entrenched and systemic and goes unchecked for years? That looks to be the case in Orange County, California, where the situation got so completely out of hand this spring that Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals issued an order disqualifying the entire Orange County District Attorney’s Office (that’s all 250 prosecutors) from continuing to prosecute a major death penalty case. … http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/05/orange_county_prosecutor_misconduct_judge_goethals_takes_district_attorney.html