NY legislators call for oversight of prosecutors

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York legislators are calling for a new state commission to receive and investigate complaints against prosecutors, similar to the panel that oversees the state’s judges.

State Sen. John DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance committee, says prosecutors have more discretion than any public officials in determining who, how and where to prosecute. The Syracuse Republican says when misconduct occurs, it’s usually discovered years later with the state paying a lot of money.

Assemblyman Nick Perry, a Brooklyn Democrat, says there’s an atmosphere of pressure on prosecutors to produce convictions, which can result in malfeasance even when it’s unintended.

District attorneys are elected in each of the state’s 62 counties.

Both have sponsored legislation to establish the commission. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bill last week.

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