Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mapping the Dimensions of Prosecutorial Misconduct: A Short Reading Guide

  • Balko, Randy (August 5, 2013) “The Untouchables: America’s Misbehaving Prosecutors and the System that Protects Them,” Huffington Post:  
  • Butler, Paul (2009) Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice. New York: The New Press.
  • Davis, Angela J. (2007) Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Freedman, Monroe H. “The Use of Unethical and Unconstitutional Practices and Policies by Prosecutors’ Offices” (February 26, 2012). Washburn Law Journal, 2012; Hofstra University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-06. Available:
  • Freedman, Monroe and Abbe Smith (2010) Lawyers’ Ethics. Matthew Bender & Co./LexisNexis. 
  • Gershman, Bennett L. (2d, 2013-14 ed.) Prosecutorial Misconduct. New York: Clark Boardman Callaghan/West Group.
  • Green, Bruce A. “Prosecutors and Professional Regulation” (November 15, 2012). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 25, p. 873, 2012; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2176252. Available: 
  • Green, Bruce A. and Yaroshefsky, Ellen. “Prosecutorial Discretion and Post-Conviction Evidence of Innocence,” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 6, No. 467 (2009); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1393796; Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 264. Available:
  • The Justice Project. “Improving Prosecutorial Accountability: A Policy Review.” (2009) Available online as a PDF doc. via a Google search. This paper has an indispensable list of books and (especially) articles under “suggested reading.”
  • Lawless, Joseph F. (3rd ed., 2003) Prosecutorial Misconduct. Charlottesville, VA: LexisNexis.
  • Lippke, Richard L. (2011) The Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Medwed, Daniel S. (2012) Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent. New York: New York University Press.
  • Ridolfi, Kathleen M. and Possley, Maurice Possley; Northern California Innocence Project, “Preventable Error: A Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997–2009” (2010). Northern California Innocence Project Publications. Book 2,   
  • Scheck, Barry, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer (2001) Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Fix It. New York: Signet.
  • Stuntz, William J. (2011) The Collapse of American Criminal Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Yaroshefsky, Ellen. “New Orleans Prosecutorial Disclosure in Practice after Connick v. Thompson” (November 16, 2012). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 913 (2012). Available:


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