At that hearing, Monica Duffy, Chief Counsel of the Professional Conduct Committee, took offense at the testimony of a witness about failure of attorney disciplinary committees across the State of New York to prosecute criminal prosecutors who commit misconduct.
Yet, it is undeniable that such non-enforcement happens - because none of prosecutors who were involved in wrongful convictions in New York were disciplined.
Yet, Monica Duffy made the following speech in front of the public and other members of the Commission:
And Mr. Downs would have become such a target, had he not humbly retracted his testimony.
Now Mr. Downs, who dismissed complaints against judges for 28 years of working in the Commission for Judicial Conduct, who co-founded a group that is supposed to help victims of wrongful convictions, obviously considered it a safer path to "absolutely agree" with Monica Duffy who, as the head of a disciplinary committee that DOES NOT prosecute prosecutors (criminal or civil) is one of the REASONS why victims of prosecutorial misconduct do not have closure.
By the way - as committees always claim in attorney disciplinary proceedings, there is NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS in attorney disciplinary proceedings.
So, why didn't Monica Duffy ask Mr. Downs for the lists of prosecutors who were involved in wrongful convictions, to verify whether any of those prosecutors committed their wrongful acts within Monica Duffy's prosecutorial jurisdiction - and why wouldn't she publicly pledge to at least investigate them, and to prosecute them if she finds that their misconduct really resulted in wrongful convictions?
After all, fraud upon the court is a disbarring offense for an attorney, and fraud upon the court does not make a distinction whether the fraud was committed in a civil or a criminal proceeding.
- why didn't she inquire, as a member of the Commission,
- why didn't she ask for the lists of cases and prosecutors, and
- why didn't she make such a public pledge?
Because she didn't want to prosecute those powerful prosecutors, especially because many of those prosecutors have since become judges, and judges hold in their hands Monica Duffy's own license and livelihood to the tune of $140,508 a years, with benefits - and Monica Duffy knows firsthand how investigation of a judge may result in losing one's law license, because SHE DOES IT HERSELF - to other people.
Because what she said when she was denying the obvious - that her committee DOES NOT prosecute prosecutors who commit misconduct, or any other well-connected attorneys or attorneys working for the government or having "friendly", familial or political ties with the government - was a lie designed to deceive the public, the lay consumers, and to delay reform of the attorney regulation system, by which Monica Duffy herself profits, at a rate of $140,508 per year, with benefits.
I am going to file yet another complaint against Monica Duffy, for this particular lie - and see WHO and HOW will investigate and prosecute that complaint.
I will keep you informed about the progress of that complaint through this blog.