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"Esquire" featured Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman in "Mississippi's Lt. Governor Tried to Get a Road Built Straight from His Gated Community to a Mall"

07/13/2018

"Esquire" featured Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman in "Mississippi's Lt. Governor Tried to Get a Road Built Straight from His Gated Community to a Mall"

Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what’s goin’ down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin’ gets done, and where black crows are in a meadow, sleeping across a broad highway.

We begin in Louisiana, where the real problem isn’t what’s criminal but what’s legal. From The Lens:

The notice came from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. His prosecutors are using these fake subpoenas to pressure witnesses to talk to them — a tactic that defense lawyers and legal experts said is unethical, if not illegal. “There’s no question this is improper,” said Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman, a former prosecutor in New York City and an expert in prosecutorial misconduct. “Clearly, it’s unethical because the prosecutor is engaging in fraudulent conduct,” he said. Colin Reingold, an attorney with Orleans Public Defenders, said the practice “borders on fraud or forgery, and certainly I see ethical problems with compelling someone to come in under false pretenses.”

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