State v. Monday: An Epilogue
A few months ago I wrote about a murder conviction being overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct. While the re-trial of Mr. Monday has yet to occur, the prosecutor that was strongly admonished in the original trial has resigned from the King County Prosecutor’s office.
I have no personal feelings towards Mr. Konat. I’ve never met the man but by all accounts he’s an intelligent person, and I have no doubt he will land on his feet in his next professional role. But if his resignation promotes a more fair and equitable criminal justice system, then I am all for it. And I would feel the same way if any prosecutor or defense attorney or judge similarly impacted the appearance of fairness that our system requires.
I’ll be the first to admit our system isn’t perfect. But it only works at all because the rights of the individual, the right for anyone to have their day in court free of bias or prejudice, is maintained. My role as an advocate and an officer of the court is to fight for my clients’ rights every step of the way, and I take that role very seriously. The day I start cutting corners or taking the lowest road is the day I’ll be looking for a new calling too.