Is lady justice really blind? According to the United States Supreme court, the prosecutor's goal "Is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done". 1 Shockingly in many instances this is not the case. Prosecutors are known to go to extreme ends to obtain a conviction. For example in Maricopa County, Arizona, prosecutors are notorious for using jail-house informants - with no prior relationship to defendants - as witnesses in a trial. These informants don't have to have any credibility for judges will "sanitize" their charges/records to make them appear credible in front of a jury.
 a multiple time convict, & meth abuser since his teenage years, jailed for giving his teething baby an overdose of methadone, faced a consecutive amount of 80 years before testifying against me at trial. He was given a sentence of 10 years. The jury was restricted from hearing his charges & how much time he faced, due to the judge siding with the prosecution even though this line of questioning is allowed by the 14th Amendment confrontation clause. Isn't lady justice suppose to be neutral?
 a documented lieutenant for the Sinaloa Cartel as well as an informant for the FBI, Border Patrol, Phoenix Police, among other agencies; at one point worked for a waste water treatment plant in Tolleson, but was fired for manufacturing meth inside the treatment plant. He was in jail for robbing & kidnapping a guy who escaped by jumping out of the trunk of a car as they were on the way to the desert to execute him. If it weren't for my defense attorney's investigative prowess, the prosecution would have gotten away with placing  on the witness stand as well. The prosecutor still gave  a plea deal of 10 years which caused a rift with the FBI because they wanted to book him on RICO Act charges.
Should prosecutors even be allowed to use such witnesses in criminal proceedings? These individuals did not know me prior to jail. The both received lenient sentences claiming I confessed to them.  took the witness stand against me, while 's dirt with the FBI got him a free 10 year deal. During my attorney's deposition with , he stated that the FBI allowed him to bring drugs into the U.S. & even escorted his caravan. This was during the Fast & Furious scandal in which U.S. guns were traded for drugs.
The purpose of this article is to inform the public as to what goes on in our criminal justice system. Lady justice removes her blindfold & tilts the scale to the prosecution. Laura Wreckart the prosecutor in my case was hand picked by Arizona Gov. Ducey to become a judge. No matter the unconstitutionality & misconduct, it seems as if the more high profile convictions prosecutors obtain, the higher the ladder they climb. Prison reform would do justice by demanding prosecutors not to use jail house informants in criminal proceeds were they have no prior relationship to defendants.
1 Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78(1935)
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