Congratulations to Tanya Treadway, who looks to be our runaway winner of the 2010 Worst Prosecutor of the Year award. Treadway joins Forrest Allgood and Mary Beth Buchanan in our hall of infamy.
A few additional comments…
- William Anderson thinks we need a name for the award. He suggests “The Nifong”. That has a nice ring, but given that Nifong is one of the very few prosecutors who was actually punished for his misconduct, I’m not sure it fits. Any other suggestions?
- Anderson also says I should have included among the nominees Christopher Arnt, the guy who prosecuted Tonya Craft. Agreed. Oversight on my part.
- Another reader emailed to ask why I didn’t include Joseph Cassilly, the Maryland prosecutor who pressed for felony charges against Anthony Graber for recording a police officer, despite that Maryland law and every conceivable court ruling says what Graber did was legal. Again, my bad. Definitely should have included Cassilly.
- Finally, though I included Colorado prosecutor Carol Chambers, I seem to have greatly understated her credentials for the award, which include withholding exculpatory evidence in a death penalty case. I apologize to Ms. Chambers for slighting her. Unfortunately, we can’t do the vote again. But there’s always next year!