Prosecutor's misconduct during murder trial results in 7 years on death row

The N.C. State Bar has charged a former district attorney and his assistant with prosecutorial misconduct in a 1996 murder case that ended in a death sentence.

Disgraceful Prosecutor Kenneth Honeycutt

The defendant, Jonathan Hoffman, remains in Central Prison awaiting a court-ordered retrial after spending seven years on death row.

The bar filed the charges of prosecutorial misconduct last week against Kenneth Honeycutt, the former district attorney of Union County, and his assistant, Scott Brewer. The bar charged that Honeycutt and Brewer committed 23 violations of the rules that govern lawyers.

Honeycutt and Brewer lied to the trial judge, the jury and the defense attorneys, and knowingly used false evidence at the trial, the bar charged. If they are found guilty in a hearing before the bar, punishment could range from a written reprimand to the loss of their law licenses.

So what happens to these liars? What happens to lying prosecutors who violate ethical standards resulting in people on death row?

Honeycutt is a former president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys who retired as district attorney in October after an unsuccessful run for the state House of Representatives. Brewer is a District Court judge based in Rockingham.


Melissa said...

WOW! That's great. That almost never happens. (prosectors being called to task for their mishandling)

Anonymous said...

I've always felt that prosecutors who engage in wilful misconduct in capital cases should be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, but that's just me.

It'd certainly cut down on misconduct if someone was willing to file the charges and prosecute it....

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this is news because it happens so incredibly rarely, as opposed to defense lawyers lying, stealing and whatnot?

Anonymous said...

isn't it a shame that MURDERERS have more rights than victims. regardless of whether or not he lied, the right person is on death row and he should be put to death.