A coalition of more than 100 groups and individuals—including 16 who were wrongfully convicted —are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would create a prosecutorial misconduct commission. The legislature voted to set up the panel over objections of district attorneys.
A coalition of more than 100 groups and individuals—including 16 who were wrongfully convicted —are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would create a prosecutorial misconduct commission, the New York Daily News reports. The legislature passed a bill this year over objections of district attorneys but with strong bipartisan support to create the commission. The coalition, known as It Could Happen To You, The coalition says New York in 2017 had the nation’s fourth highest number of exonorations. “There remains no viable process for holding accountable prosecutors who break the rules,” the coalition told Cuomo.
The commission would have oversight of the state’s 62 county district attorneys and could recommend anything from censure to removal if they find wrongdoing on the part of a prosecutor. The coalition who signed on to the letter include those wrongly prosecuted, public defenders, and criminal justice reform organizations. Among the groups on the letter are the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Cuomo has until Aug. 20 to act on the bill. The state District Attorney’s Association has said the bill is unconstitutional and wants Cuomo to veto it.