Case Detail
CitationIn re Howes, 39 A.3d 1 (D.C. 2012)
CrimeMurder
StateDC
Pros. First NamePaul
Pros. Last NameHowes
FederalYes
Trial YearUKN
BodyDOJ OPR
OpinionThe Office of Professional Responsibility for the Department of Justice found prosecutor Paul Howes committed misconduct in several criminal cases. The DC Board of Professional Responsibility disbarred Howes in 2012 misconduct for intentionally distributing more than $42,000 worth of witness vouchers in several felony prosecutions to individuals who were ineligible to receive them, and in intentionally failing to disclose the voucher payments to the courts and opposing counsel, resulting in substantial reduction of sentences for at least nine convicted felons: Howes' "misconduct is decidedly egregious and, though we have not yet sanctioned a prosecutor in like circumstances, it is a logical extension of our prior cases to find disbarment warranted over a lesser sanction." The cases included: (1) in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, United States v. Card, No. F–7682–91 (D.C. Super. Ct.1994), United States v. Rice, No. F–6601–92 (D.C. Super. Ct. 1994), and United States v. Edwards, No. F–4437–92 (D.C. Super. Ct. 1994); (2) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States v. Hoyle, No. CR–92–284 (D.D.C. 1994), United States v. McCollough, No. CR–92–284 (D.D.C. 1994), United States v. Goldston, No. CR–92–284 (D.D.C. 1994), and United States v. Harris, No. CR–92–284 (D.D.C. 1994); and (3) an unrelated alleged sexual assault case which did not exit the investigation phase.
Determination Year2012
Misconduct TypeP
C/S EffectReduction in sentence
Pros. Misc. ReportedYes
SanctionsYes
Sanction TypeDisbarment
Web linkhttp://www.abajournal.com/files/10-BG-938_MTD.pdf