Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic colluded with Judge Sterling Schrock to violate Rev. Pinkney's constitutional rights at trial. Rev. Pinkney has been protesting prosecutorial misconduct in many defendants' cases for years. And it's not just Berrien County where prosecutors get away with breaking the law and violating rights of defendants. It's everywhere across the country.
Here are some recent articles and reports on the growing national conversation about prosecutorial misconduct.
Yet the same appellate courts did not routinely refer prosecutors for investigation by the state disciplinary committees charged with policing lawyers. Disciplinary committees, an arm of the appellate courts, almost never took serious action against prosecutors. None of the prosecutors who oversaw cases reversed based on misconduct were disbarred, suspended, or censured except for Stuart. (Stuart declined repeated requests for an interview for this story.)
Nor were any but Stuart punished by their superiors in the city's district attorney offices. In fact, personnel records obtained by ProPublica show, several received promotions and raises soon after courts cited them for abuses."