December 20, 2014 10:00 am -

[su_right_ad]Former Federal Prosecutor Jonathan Shapiro says St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch could face sanctions for putting witnesses on the stand he knew were lying under oath. Shapiro spoke to Ari Melber on MSNBC.

MELBER: Why would a prosecutor say that he should put people on the stand in a grand jury that he didn’t think were telling the truth?

SHAPIRO: Well, he shouldn’t and no lawyer should. The rules of professional conduct prohibit it, rule 3.3 specifically says a lawyer shall not put a witness before a tribunal, including a grand jury, if the lawyer, including a prosecutor knows the person is not telling the truth. You can’t do it. It’s illegal. It’s called suborning perjury.

If you do it the sanctions that you face are contempt of court sanctioned by your state bar, in this case the state of Missouri, or prison. You’d be indicted for it. The question is what did this prosecutor know and when did he know it?

If he knew that that witness, number forty was lying and wasn’t there, he had a ethical, legal and professional duty to not put the witness on the stand. If he found out about it later, he had a separate obligation to notify the tribunal, that is go into the grand jury and say that witness lied to you.[su_csky_ad]


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Former Fed. Prosecutor: McCulloch Violated Rules Of Conduct

  1. Denise December 20th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The Governor of Missouri is an idiot! Now he knows why groups were requesting a special prosecutor! McCullough should never have been allowed to handle this! Why in God’s name would a DA office want to prosecute a cop? The DOJ had better be called in to investigate this farce of an investigation.

    • karen Ulvang December 21st, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Recall the Governor

  2. mea_mark December 20th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I wonder how much faith in law enforcement we are supposed to lose before something gets done?

  3. Tommy6860 December 20th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This has me so upset! I saw that last night on All-In! That’s white justice for you!!!

  4. Foundryman December 20th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    And to think, There were long debates with Wilson supporters about how this prosecutor manipulated the evidence. What more has to be said or happen before he is removed and arrested and a new GJ is impaneled?

  5. eyelashviper December 20th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Eric Holder on it? Yeah, like he prosecuted the miscreants at Bundystan for threatening law enforcement officers…

  6. allison1050 December 20th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    There is no justice for people of color and McCulloch, I don’t doubt will not face charges

  7. edmeyer_able December 20th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    3.3 specifically says a lawyer shall not put a witness

    Rules blah blah blah gosh you’d think there would be a rule against shooting an unarmed person who posed no threat and was surrendering. I guess in a sh*t hole state rules don’t mean anything.

  8. tiredoftea December 20th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Proving the fix was in while claiming there was no fix! Unfukingbelieveable!