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You have written an excellent article highlighting a largely hidden problem which poisons the American criminal justice system. I share your concern and outrage that prosecutors who abuse their power (and there are many who do) are rarely exposed and even less frequently punished.

You might be interested in my just published novel, “A Good Conviction,” which features a wrongful conviction in a high profile Central Park murder, brought about by a prosecutor who knew the defendant was actually innocent and hid the exculpatory evidence that would have led to a not guilty verdict.

Several prosecutors and appeals attorneys helped me with the legal aspects of a Brady appeal in New York State, and all of them agreed that what I portrayed was both realistic and all too possible.

Perhaps you know Steve Cohen, the federal prosecutor who had much to do with the overthrow of convictions in the Palladium case in NYC. Steve was an enthusiastic reader of “A Good Conviction,” and he has been helping me promote the book …

… including a back cover blurb from Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and first sex crimes prosecutor in the U.S., who wrote …

“A Good Conviction is a well written, well paced, and fascinating tale of prosecutorial abuse in the Manhattan DA's office. Makes one wonder how many other times something like this has occurred and just how high the abuse is actually sanctioned.”

Dan Slepian, who produced several critically important TV shows about the Palladium case, has written ...

“Having spent countless hours working with detectives, courts, attorneys, and wrongly convicted inmates I was most impressed with how well researched and accurate your narrative was. You really nailed it. In addition, it was a great read.”

I also refer in “A Good Conviction” to the brilliant series done some time ago by the Chicago Tribune, Trial and Error, How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win, and Maurice Possley, one of the authors, is reading my book and has promised a comment.

You can find A Good Conviction at ...

http://www.amazon.com/Good-Conviction-Lewis-M-Weinstein/dp/1595941622/ref=sr_1_1/103-7341421-1865416?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1180587686&sr=8-1

or at my blog …

http://www.agoodconviction.wordpress.com

I'd like to hear from you about whether you think “A Good Conviction” has value in further publicizing the problem of bad prosecutors and the damage they too often do to innocent defendants.

LEW WEINSTEIN

A Voice of Sanity

It's not just the exonerated of course. How many breathless stories of now-separated conjoined twins must we see? Cats stuck up trees? If you watch old TV or even filmed news shows you are struck by the sameness of the comments (often deftly parodied on "The Simpsons") and the sameness of the shows. Yet really has anything changed? The voices may not be as 'plummy' but the final comment is too often predictable whatever the story. The laziness of the US media is all too obvious, and their penchant for news handouts all too plain to see.

Too many of them think they are Carl Bernstein or Bob Woodward. They fail to realize that Bernstein and Woodward aren't Bernstein and Woodward - they too have had many failures. Bob Woodward wrote two books praising George W. Bush before he saw the light and wrote a third, presumably more accurate account. I'm not convinced that he has fully grasped the size of the failures yet.

CBS thought Katie Couric would bring new, younger viewers to the night time news. They'd have done much better with Lewis Black ("Back in Black" -- The Daily Show). At least he has original thoughts on the news from a unique viewpoint and is not "Little Miss Echo"!

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