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Kerik on 'Making a Murderer': Prosecutorial Misconduct a Serious Problem

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016 08:54 PM

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV  that while he doesn't know all the facts behind the case of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer," he is concerned with the amount of prosecutorial misconduct that goes unpunished.

The series focuses on Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who successfully sued after being wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years. In 2007, the same team that sent him to jail the first time sent him to prison again for murder.

"People are concerned about these wrongful convictions and this is, no matter what happened in the second case, and I think it's yet to be seen and I think time will tell, a lot of people are concerned," Kerik said in an interview to air Thursday on " Newsmax Prime." "People want to know, how does that happen? How do you take someone's freedom away?"

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While there's no way to know if the jurors in the case were pressured to convict, Kerik said, it is known that such things have happened.

The bigger issue, he said, is that while most prosecutors do a good job, an increasing number of prosecutors are engaged in misconduct such as suppressing evidence and using extorted testimony.

"If you did it or if a cop did it they'd be prosecuted, they'd be sent to prison," he said. "But only 2 percent of America's prosecutors are basically held accountable for engaging in prosecutorial misconduct, and that's what people are focused on right now."

It also isn't hard to believe someone would confess to a crime he didn’t' commit, Kerik said.

"You stick somebody in solitary confinement, you continually pressure them with distorted facts or disinformation, or you give them promises, you make promises to them that you're never going to keep. You know what? People admit to things they did not do," said Kerik. "I'm not saying that happened in this case, but anybody that thinks it doesn't happen, anybody that thinks that you can't be pressured into agreeing to something that you did not do, you're just wrong."

The full interview can be seen Thursday on "Newsmax Prime."

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Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV that while he doesn't know all the facts behind the case of the Netflix series Making a Murderer, he is concerned with the amount of prosecutorial misconduct that goes unpunished. The series focuses on Steven Avery,...
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