Prosecutors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

čas přidán 6. 08. 2018
John Oliver explains how prosecutors use, or in some cases misuse, their power within our criminal justice system and why it’s important to know whether or not your district attorney is a dog.
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  • It's ok to be guilty, just have a lot of money.

  • Man, if John Oliver was the Custer service representative, I would only call AT and T, and a BELL ringer, who only rings for on demand.

  • Thumbs up for AT&T Comment!

  • The real problem here is the very fact that prosecutors are elected. And to be elected, they have to please people, and we all know how blood-thirsty people can be.

  • The Jews of the Judical system are very judgemental, we got it... There is a reson why there is Jewish name Judith exists. Rodney is an Ukranian/Russian second name means related/relative.

  • It's scary to hear how similar prosecutors are to the prosecutors in the Ace Attorney games. The games revolve around you playing a defense attorney who is trying to prove his clients innocent the examining evidence and providing counter-arguments. Some points may not happen as often, and there may be some stretch theories, the patterns are still there. To go through the list: Strike plea deals: Normally the plea would be self-defense but the clients in the game know they did not do it and labeling them as a person who still killed someone would be hard for some of them to deal with. (Pretty rare in the game) Giving evidence to the defense at the last minute: Prosecutors in the game view the evidence as weapons for attacking the defense and will hold off revealing until they think the time is right. Examples in the game are when an updated autopsy report is presented, or the murder weapon is produced in the middle of the trial. (Happens in almost every case) Accountability towards crimes they have committed: Many of the prosecutors in the game are shown committing a crime that they very rarely if at all, get in trouble with and it's practically insane some of what they get away with. Ex. Miles Edgeworth withholds important witness testimony, Franziska Von Karma uses a whip in the courtroom, Godot takes his cup of hot coffee and through at the defense attorney's face. (Happens in almost every case) Prosecutors are paid more for convictions: While a bit of a stretch, most of the prosecutors are shown to have no real worries about money. The main prosecutor of the series, Miles Edgeworth, is shown to be very formal, owns an expensive red sports car, and lives in a mansion. His own guardian and mentor, Manfred Von Karma, is also shown to have a similar lifestyle to Miles and his wealth would make sense as he has never lost a single case in his 40-year long career as a prosecutor. (Mainly correlation but still interesting) 'Win at all costs' culture: Many of the prosecutors in the game adapt this as the ONLY way of being a professional prosecutor. As mentioned before, Manfred Von Karma had a 40-year win streak, and Miles Edgeworth had a 5-year win streak. Because of what they were taught, they believed that their purpose was to find every defendant guilty, as they are nothing but a criminal trying to escape the law. This ended up with innocent people being convicted as guilty. The most common crime that happens in the game is murder, and in the game, it is worthy of a death penalty that can sometimes be carried out in less than two years. (A lot of prosecutors are like this) As far as these points go, the prosecutors are a little more extreme with these points, but they are not that different when looked at correctly. The problem is that these points work okay in a game because IT'S A GAME. You have as much time as you need to solve the case, you can create a checkpoint to go back to certain moments and repeat them, there is normally a single path to follow with the truth at the end of it, and it doesn't affect real lives. These prosecutors work fine in the game because of these facts, but in real life, they would be the worst kind of people to be in the courtroom, which unfortunately seems to somewhat be the case.

  • "Innocent until proven guilty... and dont worry, you WILL be found guilty"

  • With all those hand movements, is John Oliver conducting his camera crew?

    • He's British. We like hand movements.

  • when will John Oliver focus on catch and release of drug, weapon, theft offenders n cook county. There are people with more than 70 arrest being released to pray on society for political reasons. Everyone gets an i - bond

  • This is some Ace Attorney type stuff going on here.

  • Why the hell are district attorney's elected? It seems like a terrible idea to make such a position political in nature.

  • As far as I can tell, a lot of the problems within the Justice System (at least, the ones presented on Last Week Tonight) all come down to HOW these people are paid. For example: -Cops get paid by arrests, and -Prosecuters get paid by convictions If they were to get paid by a standard metric, such as by the hour, do you think this might lessen the corruption and wrongful convictions? Just a thought.

  • America, the country of freedom..

  • Here's a thought, maybe take the handling of evidence and jury selection out of the hands of the DA and prosecutors and put it in the hands of an independent body?

  • *The whole system is corrupted by racism* *Saudi innocent men were captured by a racist FBI and found guilty by a racist prosecutors and judged by a racist judge*

  • 19:43 - that sounded almost exactly like the Borg !! Resistance is futile. You will go to prison. The prosecutor will decide.

  • I'm seriously curious if the subjects talked about by John Oliver are also happening in other countries in the world. That would imply the world is bonkers.

  • Man when they edit John's face into pictures they really like giving him a fat neck lol.

  • The magnificent desolation of the US justice system!

  • *Tyler Perry is such a fucking annoying pedophile.*

  • In Germany the longest time in prison is 15 years

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  • There is no real Justice in America. What else is new

  • In Canada the disclosure as it is called must be complete before trial cordinator gets a hold of it. I used to work as a law clerk for a criminal lawyer and I used to have to pick this up. If there is new evidence then the crown gets ass kicked by judge and then we have to do a recess to give time to add the information to the case.

  • Have you ever heard the phrase “it is better a hundred guilty persons should escape than one innocent person should suffer.”? Benjamin Franklin said that, and he didnt know it, but he was deciding an Alpha level of .01 for the Hypothesis test (in this case a trial), in which the null hypothesis is always 'not guilty'. In reality, type one errors are more common in the justice system than type two errors and that is horrific. When the highest incarceration rate in the world ( besides arguably North Korea) is the result of a system so skewed, that is tyranny.

  • I was reading a book when my English teacher assigned it. I then stopped reading it and went on spark notes.

  • 13:28-13:50 lmao,

  • BUT DID THE DOG WIN

  • And some lawyers still wonder why people HATE them.

  • Yea you should be happy that we put you in prison for 30 years for a crime you didn’t commit instead of executing you , you should thank ass !!! It’s terrifying how this low life individuals think 💭.!!!

  • I hope I will never be in front of a judge neither see the court in my life , it’s just mind bugling.

  • Not only is the death penalty morally dubious at best... it literally doesnt even make pragmatic sense. It needs to no longer be a thing.

  • I read the books :(

  • Buzz....? Buzz...? Buzz...? lol

  • 95% of cases don’t go to trial because the evidence is so strong against people, it’s incredibly obvious they committed the crime. They take deals to save time and sentence length. If you are remanded while on trial, that can potentially last longer than what the judge will give you when you’re found guilty anyways. False confessions make up an unbelievably small portion of criminal cases.

  • AT&T is second only to Comcast (Xifinity) and their Sh*t customer (non) service. Customer Service Reps (Prosecutors) will decide!

  • Hey John, do you want to take over the world with those eyebrows?

  • Much respect to stroud. Literally never saw someone in his position show remorse for their mistakes before. We need more of that.

  • How can a country with so many lawyers ready take people to court for anything, not be trying to winning cases?

  • If you want to see white male privilege, delusion and denial see 15:00

  • while i might not read the books my teacher assigned kindle did

  • No conviction should ever happen unless there’s 100% certainty. Fuck the justice system

  • #believeallwomen

  • exactly

  • Why am I not surprised that Jim Williams had black people pictures on that chair. Which basically means he is a racist piece of demon shit, and he is an insult to demons.

  • Check out Serial Season 3. "The cost of innocence is a Misdemeanor."

  • Every time I see this host i think about the time he was begging donald trump to run for president. Did you ever write that check to his campaign you dumb fuck wannabe socialists.

  • Prosecutorial misconduct should be treated as a felony violation of the 1964 civil rights act.

  • God does this hit home. Thank you for sharing

  • If you go to war with them in court, they will destroy you...

  • l couldn't laugh, this is too freaking serious.

  • Pretty sad that any evidence good or bad is held from the defendants attorney to give the person a fair shot at winning the court case , the government and courts need to be transparent with the people and stop going over their power given by the people

  • Why everyone should just fucking hate anyone in charge of the police and their friends

  • what a very unplesant stupid en dumb idiot this scum is I mean Oliver himself BRRRRRR.

  • Plea bargaining - essentially collusion between your lawyer and the state to bypass justice - is illegal in the UK, and rightly so. It's utterly obscene this is normal in the USA.

  • Oh whats so wrong about Harries kisses....

  • Christ, fuck those old guys. So many years of your life, pointlessly lost. This is really terrifying.

  • I've been at the end of this gun before. I've never committed a crime but when I see the police I hide.

  • Can I recommend people read John Gresham's book ''the innocent man'' Maybe if prosecutors were appointed instead of elected they would do a better job.

  • I beg your PARDON! I have read EVERY BOOK that my English teachers assigned! So much so that one English teacher had to make a new list of required reading JUST for me because I had already read the books on the regular class "Required Reading" list. Massive Book Nerd that I am! To THIS DAY! If there is a "MUST READ BOOKS" list out, I will buy those books, or check them out from the library, and read them. I have to admit. David Bowie's list was a TAD difficult, Some I never found.

  • Hah! Shows what you know, John Oliver! I read my English assignment of Wuthering Heights AND have the trauma and regret to prove it! (And I honestly fear my reaction if I were to ever meet a couple named Catherine and Heathcliff (°□°|||))

  • Why do Americans elect prosecutors but they don't elect who becomes the chief of surgery at their local hospital?

  • SAY IT WITH ME “prosecutors do not get convicted for negligence because they are MASONS” that was how the game was set up

  • This is not justice, why they can get away with it so easily? How can they cheat the system by hiding the evidence and no one really cares? The right of those people who had been wrongly accused matters!

  • If they counted votes instead of cash.

  • I feel that the death penalty or life in prison is unconstitutional.

  • This man is a rebel

  • A man beat me up at the dog park. His girlfriend, him and myself were the only ones left after he was done beating me. Everyone who was there ran away. But two called 911. I was charged with battery and assault because the boyfriend and the girlfriend teamed up and said that I beat them up and that I was at fault. The DA gave me four different offers; jail and community service then lesser time and lesser. I refused each one of them because I knew I was innocent. I wanted this horrible event to be in the past but I didn't take the offers. After they reviewed the police report for the 5th time my public defender called and said the DA change my charge from assault and battery to just disturbing the peace. I refused their last offer. Because I was innocent. I still had to go to court and I defended myself because it was beyond my public defender's jurisdiction. Day of the trial, the officers were sworn in and I was sworn in- the judge asked the officers if they saw me disturbing the peace, the police officer said no and just like that I was found not guilty. I spent 9 months in sheer terror and horror thinking I was going to be charged with assault and battery after being brutally beaten up at a dog park. The man who beat me up never got charged with anything, even though I had proof he attacked me and asked to press charges and even filed a supplementary report. So right now there is some fight hungry maniac and his psycho cheerleader, just walking the streets! I was so scared I moved to a different County. I never got justice and I'm terrified of the police and taking walks alone.

  • All of this bullshit, is just one reason why, the death 💀 penalty is so wrong... But one really good reason to abolish the death 💀 penalty, is that the killers and rapists(of adults or children), should be paying for their transgressions for life... Because that’s how long their victims, have/tend to suffer for..... And finally it’s wrong because it cannot be rectified at a later date, not that being given a chunk of money 💰, is going to make it up to the innocent people. But it can help to get them on their feet, and get some therapy, to help them get over the injustices of their wrongful sentence..... Maybe if the prosecutors had to have insurance, against claims for wrongful sentences, would help!!! Because they wouldn’t be able to get insurance, if they had many large claims against them, and so they would be out of a job. This should make them a lot more careful, and stop them from hiding things. Also maybe you could look at having, a similar body to the British Crown Prosecution Service, which is independent of the prosecutors. And they decide if there’s enough evidence, and if it warrants prosecution, and then it goes to the prosecuting counsel........

  • Prosecutors are definitely scumbags. I got a speeding ticket for $340 and of course I fought it. I had dashcam evidence to prove myself innocent. Of course the scumbag prosecutor ultimately told me they had no computer to play the video from the flashdrive I had brought. I said fuck it and accepted his shitty deal because I knew in that moment it was all rigged. He made me pay $250 and do driver’s ed bullshit. I figured I didn’t need a lawyer because the evidence was crystal clear. I can only imagine the rage that man who was falsely imprisoned for 30 years must have felt. I for one was really pissed I lost all my overtime pay and could have avoided the ticket if I had simply not gone in to work since it was a Saturday. If you don’t already know, policemen don’t care if you’re simply commuting to your job and being a productive member of society, they’ll gladly sodomize you in the figurative sense. Can’t wait for this country to collapse so all these useless fucks with law degrees get shitstomped.

  • I CAN'T BELIEVE HE GETS TO TALK SHIT ABOUT HIS OWN COMPANY

  • They should do all them years the innocent was in prison eye for and eye

  • Saw John Oliver in Detroit in Dec of 2016. He was so damn funny!.

  • For those interested, The podcast Serial, season 3 goes into this issue in further detail

  • You should do a segment on private prisons. Georgia guarantees to keep prisons at I believe either 70 or 80 percent capacity. 1 in 28 children in Georgia have a parent in prison. The effects this has is devastating and yet there is no reform in sight.

  • I feel sorry for you yanks - everything about your society is messed up

  • The American Justice System: The result of ensuring there are enough loopholes for the rich and better off to sneak through.

  • having been in jail, can confirm, taco bell is definitely better.

  • ... Okay, I'm in Australia so I can't really do this but how many people in the States are tempted to run their family pets for DA now?

  • 3:50 ...I can relate.

  • =D

  • I totally agree that our judicial system is fucked up especially when it comes to lower income people and people of color. Prosecutors and defending councel alike most likely have already talked and reached a decision and agree to pressure the accused into admitting guilt- all in the name of moving their own schedules faster. Sadly, if you're innocent and agree to plead guilty to any crime labeled a misdemeanor theft, assault or sexual crime or worse, agree to a felony you will likely never get a job better than a counter clerk at McDonalds or Wendys.

  • I liked Snow Dogs.

  • I know in one case they excused a juror because he was a mason, not a free mason as the prosecutor said but, a normal mason; BTW the juror was black and the person trial was black.

  • I have never read a single book assigned to me by a teacher in high school or college. Thank God for the internet.

  • ken anderson deserves a public lynching

  • Unpopular opinion: picking random people off the street and forcing them to decide whether or not someone is guilty of a crime or not is absurd and should be disbanded. Get trained professionals to serve on a jury.

  • Harry fucks his dad.

  • I don't understand.. Why would the man still be given 2years if there's DNA evidence to prove he's innocent?

  • This is justice people believe in. This is the system full of corruption. The courts are just a creation by men (meaning humans) and everything they have created has been a tool for the evil.

  • Being a Lion is exhilarating

  • Abolish the death penalty already.

  • Boyz2Men was a great film, Cuba deserved to win that Oscar :D :D

  • That dog looks like a big version of a Maltese. Hey does anyone know if prosecutors are also elected in Canada? And if so when DO we vote for them?

  • One thing I find interesting is that this assertion about the justice system plays directly against his points regarding false assault accusations. I believe that we should believe the victim, but we need to account for the potential for abuse because, as shown here, it does happen

  • Trial by ambush should be illegal. The ONLY time they should be allowed to do that, is when they GET IT last minute, ad in that case, the defense should get a continuance if necessary. WHEN did people stop having morals. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????? 10 DAYS for hiding evidence, and putting someone wrongly away for 20 fucking years???? I am SO FUCKING TIRED when prosecutors don't pay for that. In the McMartin trial in the 80's, the prosecutor hid evidence that, if the defence had it, the case would have NEVER went to trial, and even INTENTIONALLY PUT A KNOWN LIAR ON THE STAND!!!! (As a in jail snitch - who has lied in multiple previous cases.) And the bitch kept her fucking job!!!!!!!!! If I was the people who's lives were ruined (the son was in jail for 5 YEARS without ever being convicted of a crime, the 65 year old mother, 2 1/2 years). Unacceptable. Over 160 people have been proven innocent and released from death row. deathpenaltyinfo.org/innocence-list-those-freed-death-row

  • How did a prosecutor go to jail and now get shanked......

  • I never know what to believe with John Oliver because I’ve watched this show when he covered topics I was well versed in and he always goes heavy on propaganda. He slides it in in clever ways. He did it on his show about Venezuela, Jill Stein, Russia, Iran ect.

  • No wonder the US has so many of their citizens in jail.

  • ok but the oj simpson verdict one though. that can actually really affect the out come of a jury vote