New DOJ Unit Will Keep Eye on Prosecutors’ Misconduct


The U.S. Department of Justice — possibly stung by several recent instances of prosecutorial misconduct, many of which were outlined in a USA Today investigation — has set up a new unit to review instances of intentional or reckless conduct by its attorneys.

The new Professional Misconduct Review Unit, announced last month, will be headed by Kevin Ohlson, former chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. It will examine misconduct findings made by the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility in order to ensure that federal prosecutors face swifter and more consistent punishment if the Office determines that they committed misconduct. In addition, the new internal unit will make referrals to state bar associations and disciplinary authorities.

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