Report Names Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich #1 For Misconduct

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A group called the “Fair Punishment Project” has named Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich number one a list of prosecutors who it says “repeatedly violated the Constitution."

The Fair Punishment Project is a joint initiative between Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice and its Criminal Justice Institute, The Accountable Justice Collaborative (at The Advocacy Fund), and The Bronx Defenders.

Citing many reversals at the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, the report says, “The scope of misconduct in the office has included offenses such as failing to disclose relevant evidence to the defense, known as a Brady violation, as well as inappropriate conduct and statements during trial.”

The report also cites Weirich’s actions in the Noura Jackson case, as well as censure and reprimands she has received.

Weirich has been with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office since 1991, and she has been the D.A. since 2011.

Weirch released the following statement: 

"This is a grossly inaccurate and incomplete account of these cases as seen through the eyes of a defense advocacy group. I became a prosecutor to hold the guilty accountable and to protect the innocent in every case, and that is what I have tried to do throughout my career. I will never apologize for trying to seek justice for victims of crime."  

Read the full report HERE.

Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City, released this statement regarding the report:

“This new report from the Fair Punishment Project is the result of months of exhaustive, independent research and examination of public data about the behavior of elected prosecutors across the United States. What they discovered clearly demonstrates that Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is one of the most problematic prosecutors in the entire country. Among her colleagues nationwide, DAG Weirich’s office has more incidents of damaging misconduct and reversed trial outcomes than just about any other.

“In the six years since DAG Weirich’s appointment to this position, this amounts to more than just an appalling miscarriage of justice. Our criminal justice system has experienced significant delays and has spent millions of dollars as a result of this conduct. Victims and their families have been denied justice and the accused have spent years awaiting a fair determination of their guilt.

“To be clear, these are not isolated incidents or occasional instances of human error. This is a pattern of misconduct, ethical violations, and inappropriate behavior on the part of the top law enforcement official in Tennessee's largest county. DAG Weirich’s long-standing and obvious record of misconduct is now becoming national news. This should embarrass and outrage our entire community, particularly the people for whom she is charged with seeking justice and the taxpayers who fund her office.”



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