Prosecutorial Misconduct

Winning at any cost

California prosecutors usually aren’t found on the witness stand, swearing under oath to tell the truth and enduring examinations by defense lawyers, but that’s exactly where Erik Stephen Petersen–Orange County’s most controversial deputy district attorney during the past two years–landed again this month….

Outside review of his other cases revealed a pattern of problematic conduct: hiding exculpatory evidence and employing jailhouse informants to secure confessions via unethical tactics, according to records filed by Scott Sanders, an assistant public defender. Sanders confronted him a year ago in special evidentiary hearings for People v. Scott Dekraai and contends the prosecutor is a habitual liar….

Via Prosecutor Erik Petersen Magically Finds Jailhouse Snitches to Save Troubled Cases @ OC Weekly.