(Des Moines) - After the George Zimmerman verdict was announced over the weekend, noted Criminal Defense Attorney, Alan Dershowitz, said the prosecutor in that case should be disbarred for withholding evidence and filing charges that weren’t supported by evidence. Iowa Bar Association President, Guy Cook, says overall, Iowa’s Legal System does a pretty good job of preventing prosecutors from engaging in a “win at all costs” case.
“Well there certainly are some prosecutors perhaps who fall into that trap, but the court room is a battle of advocates designed for the truth to come out in the middle, “ states Cook. “But the prosecutors have a special duty/role and it’s really a two-fold aim to see that the guilty not escape and the innocent not suffer.”
Legal experts point to the high profile case in 1994 where the law license of an assistant Polk County attorney was suspended after he was found to have lied to the defense bot evidence in a criminal case. And Cook says the disciplinary process as imposed tough sanctions on prosecutors and defense attorneys for bad acts.
Iowa Radio Network
July 16, 2013