Activists Lobby ABA to Spearhead Prosecutor Reform
"Our call to action is for help encouraging the ABA to promulgate a model rule that hinders prosecutors in using America's criminal justice system to retaliate against whistleblowers", says attorney Zena Crenshaw-Logal, Coalition Spokesperson.
By: The Law Project
According to Crenshaw-Logal, founders of her coalition wrote the American Bar Association’
Crenshaw-Logal interjects, “Our call to action is for help encouraging the ABA to spearhead reform of what is called a prosecutor’s screening function.” Sharing the underlying human interest story is Dr. Andrew D. Jackson, an administrator with Golden Badge, a law enforcement whistleblower support group. Jackson notes that “Golden Badge member and former Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Mark P. Lipton was prosecuted on laughable aggravated assault charges within months of requesting a federal investigation of his former boss for an alleged DUI cover-up.” An unsuccessful request for discipline of the prosecutors involved includes Lipton’s claim “. . . that after rejecting an offer to plead guilty on a charge of disorderly conduct, he proceeded to jury trial . . . and was wrongfully convicted in 2012”.
Individuals and organizations can learn more about the plight of law enforcement whistleblowers including Mark Lipton, and join related outreach to the American Bar Association (ABA) by visiting http://www.njcdlp.org/#!
Zena Crenshaw-Logal, Spokesperson