State Creates Nation's First Watchdog Group For Prosecutors

Albany, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo has signed legislation creating the nation's first State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct.

The 11-member commission will review and investigate allegations of misconduct leading to wrongful convictions that, the governor says, frequently affect people of color. It will have the authority to discipline prosecutors who are determined to have acted improperly or to clear prosecutors’ names of wrongdoing. 

Cuomo says the commission will save taxpayers money by avoiding wrongful convictions and associated retrial costs and settlements. 

The Commission will consist of eleven members appointed by the Governor, Legislative Leaders, and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

The state's district attorneys opposed the creation of the commission.

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