This type of misconduct by prosecutors (misconduct that impacts the cases and personal freedom of citizens in the justice system) NEEDS harsher penalties. The “win at all costs” mentality is destroying the integrity of our justice system, particularly here in Pennsylvania.

Not every prosecutor can be trusted to be as naturally morally upstanding as Bruce Beemer. In California, criminal penalties are starting to be imposed on prosecutors who break the law and commit prosecutorial abuses or misconduct.

On Tuesday, District Attorney John Peck conceded he did not share the confessions with the defense in order to protect the other inmates.

“The individuals who the defendant gave the confessions to have been incarcerated, and it’s well known individuals who cooperate, it’s not uncommon for them to suffer retaliation and physical harm. So it’s important to keep it confidential,” Peck said.

He said the defense should have been aware of the statements because they were provided to the inmates by Briestensky, who in turn could have told his lawyers about their existence.

Cecchetti and Hauser said they have not had enough time to investigate whether the statements are true, and, as such, they should be barred from evidence at trial, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 5.

Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. will hold a hearing Oct. 26 to determine whether the statements are admissible and to consider possible sanctions against Peck for failing to disclose evidence.

Shame on you District Attorney John Peck!

Perhaps PA should follow in the steps of California, and some of these rogue prosecutors who care nothing except about winning at all costs should become felons. Perhaps Beemer should advocate impose harder consequences on prosecutors who are unethical dirtbags. I think a lot of people would support that initiative. Let’s take a page out of California’s book and get this under control.

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