THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COUERT LETS PROSECUTOR GET AWAY WITH MISCONDUCT
BRIBING JURORS TO IMPOSE DEATH JUST FINE; JUST CLAIM IT'S A JOKE
The California Supremes tell us the issue in this sickening case is whether "the prosecutor in this case improperly tampered with a sitting juror by sending her alcoholic drinks and money, and telling her to return a guilty verdict." Yes, sports fans, we lose! How, you ask?
The prosecutor (an AG) went to a cafe where, it turned out, the juror was a cook. The two met; the AG said he couldn't have any contact with the juror. After having drinks and appetizers, the AG paid and left a (normal) tip, which he told the bartender he should share with the juror, and that the bartender should tell the juror to vote guilty.
Hey, it was all a joke! Can't you tell? Did I mention that this is a death case? Hey, no problem killing this guy after a juror was bribed. It was just a joke, right? This is easily the outrage of the week, and prosecutorial miscondcut at its worst.
But even more, it set s tone and send s a message to prosecutors that the law and rules of ethics just don't apply to them.
Can you image what would happen if a public defender did this?
People v. Price; 2011 DJ DAR 2409; DJ, 2/15/11; Cal. Supremes