IN THE PRESS: CACJ’s Prosecutorial Bill Gains Attention
Thursday, January 14, 2016
In the past two days, CACJ’s sponsored bill, AB 1328, on prosecutorial misconduct, received some noteworthy press from both the Orange County Register (view here) and Huffington Post (view here).
In the OC Register, one of the writers that has been closely following the Dekraai case, wrote a great piece on the bill.
Alex Kozinski, former chief judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, told The Huffington Post. "It seems to give a great deal of discretion to trial judges, so its effectiveness will depend on the degree to which those judges are willing to exercise that authority."
Erwin Chemerinski, Dean of Irvine School of Law and Constitutional Scholar, commented to the Huffpost that the law was a “good” development.
"The Constitution and professional ethics already require that prosecutors turn over exculpatory evidence," Chemerinsky said. "But violations are widespread. This provides additional sanctions for prosecutorial misconduct and hopefully an additional deterrent."