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Summary: Currently, the statute of limitations for filing a grievance against a prosecutor who violates the disclosure rule begins at the time a violation is discovered. SB 825 would make the statute of limitations begin once the wrongfully convicted person is released from prison. SB 825 would also prohibit a grievance committee from privately reprimanding a prosecutor.
Analysis: SB 825 is intended to prevent wrongful convictions and increase public accountability for prosecutors. We believe that most prosecutors act in good faith in enforcing the law and stewarding the justice system. However, not all prosecutors have upheld the highest standards required of their office. Any person who carries the power of a prosecutor must also be fully accountable for how that power is used. A wrongful conviction significantly infringes on individual liberty. SB 825 would help hold prosecutors accountable for wrongful convictions and deter future wrongful convictions. We recommend a YES vote on SB 825.