Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Iowa Immunity Case Evaporates

The case against two Iowa prosecutors who engaged in prosecutorial misconduct and faced a civil lawsuit by two innocent men who were framed and wrongly jailed for 25 years has ended.

The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments in the case early last November, agreed to dismiss the case yesterday after Pottawattamie County representatives and the plaintiffs settled the case for $12 million.

The case had enormous implications against prosecutors who held they had personal immunity from misconduct done before the criminal case was tried. It appeared by the line of questioning by members of the U.S. Supreme Court last November, prosecutors would have most likely lost that shield of immunity for misconduct done before a criminal trial began.

The $12 million ended the case, but the misconduct in question (framing innocent victims) can sadly still continue.