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For the second time in the history of our republic, we face a public crisis of confidence in federal prosecutors, prompted by a flood of cases of misconduct and the political abuse of prosecutorial authority. This problem peaked in the Bush years, but there is no reason to believe that Eric Holder is doing much to turn the situation around. Some of the most abusive cases are just plodding along. I discussed these issues and offered some suggestions for addressing them in a speech (PDF) to the Rotary Club of New York and the American Constitution Society delivered in Manhattan yesterday.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Hours per day that a death-row inmate in China wears hand and ankle restraints:
A multidisciplinary team detected cardiac arrhythmia in the works of Beethoven.
There was a run on cases of 5.56mm M855 green-tip rifle bullets, after the White House moved to ban their manufacture and sale because they can pierce police armor.
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