Friday, February 10, 2006

Typical Prosecutor Misconduct?

Or, is it just an aberration? In Connecticut, prosecutors, police, elected, and unelected officials can be under the impression they are invincible, that their friends in power will cover their asses, and if caught for over the top, out of control corruption and illegal acts, that they will have a soft landing, and maybe at most, lose their job. Arrests and prosecutions of officials that commit unspeakable acts is rare and an absolute exception.

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From the Hartford Courant:

Former Prosecutor Arrested
10:12 AM EST, February 10, 2006 Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A former state prosecutor was arrested Friday on charges he pocketed money that was supposed to have gone to charity.

David Newman was a supervisory state's attorney for about a decade and a prosecutor for about 26 years before he retired last year amid the investigation.

State law allows the court to drop charges in some cases against defendants who made donations to charity. State Police say Newman was keeping those donations.

He faces six counts of larceny and two counts of fabrication of physical evidence.

"It's obviously a grave day for David," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"He spent over a decade in that building, where today he's going to be arraigned. Everyone who knows David thinks the world of him."

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