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"International Journal of Political Science and Governance"

2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part B

The duke lacrosse scandal and ethics in prosecution


Author(s): Nikolaos Tzenios

Abstract: Ethics is one of the most critical issues for those who hold public offices, whether elected, appointive, or in the civil service. The issue is fundamental in the criminal justice sector since people’s lives, livelihoods, and liberty are at stake whenever individuals negatively interact with the criminal justice system. Wrong accusations, being followed by unfair convictions, can usually lead to a person losing decades of their life, for which there can never be compensation enough to cure the emotional pain and injustice. Some criminal justice professionals who have engaged in ethical misconduct include state and local police, federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), state and federal prosecutors, and judges who may be local, state, or federal. In the present case, the person who engaged in unethical conduct was Mike Nifong, district prosecutor in Durham, North Carolina. His actions had a significant impact on the community and continue to affect the perception of prosecutors in the US. The analysis illustrates that his unethical actions in prosecuting the matter had an intense effect on him, his profession, and other stakeholders. At the same time, the sanctions he received were inadequate because of the potential consequences of his actions.

DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2022.v4.i2b.181

Pages: 118-121 | Views: 88 | Downloads: 31

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How to cite this article:
Nikolaos Tzenios. The duke lacrosse scandal and ethics in prosecution. Int J Political Sci Governance 2022;4(2):118-121. DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2022.v4.i2b.181
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