Ironically, on the very day that the post below came out, a major report from the Justice Project appeared, using Nifong and the Stevens prosecutors as the two specific examples of prosecutorial misconduct in recent years.
I agree completely with the report's recommendations--especially its sympathic view toward open-file discovery--although its description of the lacrosse case seems a bit off the mark. The authors write, "The reports indicated that DNA evidence found on the victim did not match any of the three defendants in the case." The only "victims" in the lacrosse case, of course, were those victimized by Crystal Mangum's false claim of rape.
The report adds, "There are dozens of cases in which misconduct identical to Nifong’s have resulted in wrongful convictions and imprisonment." There certainly are "dozens of cases" in which misconduct "identical" to one element of Nifong's has "resulted in wrongful convictions and imprisonment."
I'm not aware, however, of "dozens of cases" in which a prosecutor has: (a) made numerous inflammatory, unethical statements to the national and local media; (b) ordered the police to violate their own procedures for a lineup, after a lineup loosely following procedures didn't yield any ID's; (c) withheld exculpatory evidence; and (d) outright lied to the judge about the content of that exculpatory evidence.
The full report is here.