Stevens Urges Congress to Crack Down on Prosecutorial Misconduct

91 years old J. Stevens on Connick v. Thompson and why Monell got it wrong in dicta that municipalities are not liable under § 1983 for the torts of their employees under respondeat superior.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said Supreme Court decisions have given local prosecutors impunity for violating constitutional rights, and urged Congress to respond by authorizing victims of misconduct to sue.

In a speech Monday night to the Equal Justice Initiative, which advocates for indigent defendants, Justice Stevens criticized the court’s March decision overturning a jury’s $14 million award to an innocent man who spent 14 years on death row after prosecutors concealed evidence that could have cleared him. (Click to see the full text of Stevens’ speech.)

(via Wall Street Journal law blog)

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