Case Detail
CitationUnited States v. Ford, 618 F. Supp. 2d 368 (E.D.Pa. 2009)
CrimeDrug crimes
StatePA
Pros. First NameJoseph
Pros. Last NameMcGettigan
FederalYes
Trial Year2006
BodyTrial court
OpinionDistrict Court granted defendant a new trial due to the prosecutor's improper vouching of his witness and his disparaging remarks toward the defense counsel and his profession. "This belittling of the criminal defense process extended also to the prosecutor's characterization of the defense of misidentification as a defense 'of last resort.' By anecdote and innuendo, criminal defense lawyers were portrayed for the jury as persons whose expected and habitual professional role is to mislead the jury by distorting, or hiding, the truth through a criminal defense process that encourages such deception. For counsel for the United States to show such disrespect and, indeed, disdain for crucial ingredients of constitutional processes developed over centuries was inexcusable."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeTR: Impugning
TR: Vouching
C/S EffectNew trial
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://bradheath.org/ire/justice-in-the-balance-supplement.pdf