Prosecutors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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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    Evan Tipace8 soat oldin

    Too bad the RBG dawg died. :(

  2. Saramai Nyugen

    Saramai Nyugen23 soat oldin

    Diversity, diversity!!

  3. Joe R

    Joe R2 kun oldin

    Can someone please tell me why DAs, people employed in the JUSTICE system, willingly withhold exculpatory information? Sick I tell you. Sick. They don’t want justice. They want a statistic, and ruthlessly will ruin a life to do it. The system in this county is so screwed up it’s unreal. Justice my ass.

  4. KC Bowman

    KC Bowman3 kun oldin

    we had a local DA who prosecuted the only person with a rock at a gunfight.

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  6. j d

    j d5 kun oldin

    "It is an inadequate system that only functions if people are constantly giving up." Wait, what? That is a pretty wide open statement made as fact that doesn't have much context. Prosecution does their job, the defense decides if pleasing guilty, or making other agreements is in their clients best interests. Is it monetarily wise to fight instead of making a deal? Making a deal to reduce sentence or to get out entirely? A lot of things are done and it is not just "giving up." Just a thought.

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  13. morph640

    morph6409 kun oldin

    America is fucked.

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    man, that didn't age well... This made me sad 10:32

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    Nightfury Revenge19 kun oldin

    10:40 RIP

  29. Adventures in Normal Land

    Adventures in Normal Land21 kun oldin

    Could watch this all day. Actually kinda did, well off to jail.. lol

  30. Dylan The Cloud

    Dylan The Cloud21 kun oldin

    3:54 that should be a meme

  31. lochlansmumzy

    lochlansmumzy22 kun oldin

    "Prosecutors will decide." reminded me of "We are the Borg."

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  33. darklucifer9999

    darklucifer999923 kun oldin

    It's no wonder that the USA, "leader of the free world," puts the most people behind bars compared to any other country in the world in spite their relatively small population compared to countries like China and India.

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  38. Latricia Worrick

    Latricia Worrick26 kun oldin

    I thought only the acting prosecutor is the only one that can make the defendant look bad(credibilty) and question witnesses that was at the scene of the crime to get evidence beyond reasonable doubt?

  39. Russell Buck Fletcher

    Russell Buck Fletcher27 kun oldin

    RBG 🔥🔥

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  43. Garry Perkins

    Garry Perkins28 kun oldin

    I got screwed by this system in college. I took a $1,000 fine, not realizing that the false conviction would screw me in later life. I got a great job out of college (Cornell is awesome for getting a job, FYI), and I received another amazing job post MBA. What I did not realize was that background checks would become universal. I had over a dozen job offers rescinded after getting laid off in the financial crisis (laid off mid-2009, started real full time job in spring 2011). Since then I have have well over a dozen job offers rescinded, plus jobs that seemed like slam dunks that magically no where after I filled out full paperwork including the authorization of background checks. One of my worst was from Wipro (an Indian outsourcing firm trying to get into management/financial consulting (my world)). My first IT contact and core contact, plus my hiring manager signed off on my hire, but corporate HR killed my hire two days before my start date, after I had confirmed everything was okay, moved, and paid for half of this with credit cards! Other firms I would like to shame: CNA Insurance, Magnetar, Wells Fargo, the Chicago Fed (not the New York Fed who gave me an offer, but the Chicago Fed whose response to my reference to the New York Fed, was to have a stereotypically ditzy HR individual tell me that the problem was not that they could not hire me, as their functional employees requested, but they chose to block the hire of a potentially violent candidate. I cannot explain how not violent I am, but those I tell this story to usually laugh uncontrollably (I am a stereotypical gentle giant, who has only lost it when racist savages threatened my non-white ex-wife, or when racists threaten women or children). Our legal system is out of control, with child-rapers getting minimal sentences while poor black men selling weed getting huge sentences for not reason. Cities should stop bothering with drugs and let the DEA sort that out. They should focus on sex crimes, violent crimes, and theft targeting homeowners in order to both make our cities better amd imprison the bad guys while leaving poor kids with no other options alone. No one is forcing morons to use drugs. Let’s focus on the real bad guys (rapists, child molesters, murderers, thieves,...), while avoiding poor kids with few options.

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  45. AlastorDarkAngel

    AlastorDarkAngel28 kun oldin

    Thank you for making my argument of a corrupt criminal justice system much stronger 😁

  46. adegbenro agoro

    adegbenro agoro28 kun oldin

    No wonder lawyers are disliked so much

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    Ryan RichardsonOy oldin


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  49. Alexis Cuddeback

    Alexis CuddebackOy oldin

    Goddamn John Oliver, thank you for doing real journalism and for making me laugh while I cry.

  50. Just Anoman

    Just AnomanOy oldin

    While the prosecutor problem is real and need to be cured, it seems the underlying problem is overworked justice system. Now, it would be ideal if we can expand the justice system, but that's difficult and let's assume that we can't do so significantly, what then is the solution? In all honesty, relaxing the legal standards and reduce allowed repeal rates to get cases resolve faster. Now, the downside of this is that there would be more error in judgement. However, consider this: Would you rather have a 99.9% correct rate on 5% of the cases while the other 95% result in 50% wrongful "convictions" by guilty plea Or a 95% correct rate on 100% of the case by being able to try all of them. If you are swimming in money, you might pick the former, because you can essentially buy yourself into that 5% (if that advantages you). But for the vast majority of the people, the latter might just be better. So quite frankly, for vast majority of people, a speedy and "good enough" trial is what we should go for, because through trial is simply unrealistic to do for everyone. And for those with money, the requirement to take up court's time really should be paying all of the costs. Not just your own lawyer, but that of judge, jury, courtroom cost, everything--It will be an expansion of the justice system on private funds, essentially. Sure, it goes against the face of equality. But true equality is the fantasy of five year olds. The pragmatic approach of most objective good is all that we can ever aim for.

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  54. SkittleXero

    SkittleXeroOy oldin

    As someone who does live in Texas I can honestly say there are a lot of morons and messed up people here who would take that award over your dead body.

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  59. Personified Ape

    Personified ApeOy oldin

    Glad we don’t have a for profit prison system or bail system. It’s sick.

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  61. Seano Mac

    Seano MacOy oldin

    I have no problem calling out the DA for Worcester County in Massachusetts! He's willing to let a rapist walk with 3 years probation rather than doing his job and holding real scumbags accountable!!!

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  64. SingenStatt Atmen

    SingenStatt AtmenOy oldin

    Having just come back here from the In The Dark podcast, and having learned about that asshole DA Doug Evans (and his corrupt lapdog John Johnson) who was found to have enacted prosecurial misconduct several times (to put it lightly) the complete and utter lack of accountibality is *infuriating* to say the least. And when you add those kind of prosecutors to privatised prisons that want to make money, I shudder to think of all the innocent people wasting away in prisons as the corrupt run free.

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  70. Lenz Müller777

    Lenz Müller777Oy oldin

    The USA is just a fucked up country in so many ways, its not even funny anymore. 90% of this show contributes good evidences which support my statement.

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  75. Moni Toler

    Moni TolerOy oldin

    Great video

  76. Elizabeth Grace Wienert

    Elizabeth Grace WienertOy oldin

    I loved the books in english class :((( classics for a reason, jOHN

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    Eater of EssenceOy oldin

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  80. AmberAmbitions

    AmberAmbitionsOy oldin

    Hi, yes, if the prosecutors, the sheriffs, the police unions, the police captains, the state attorneys general, the prison wardens, and the judges are all bad, maybe there is a common denominator here.

  81. Dark Knight

    Dark KnightOy oldin

    Is this an American thing? As someone pursuing a career as a prosecutor in Canada, prioritizing convictions is prob the quickest way to get the boot. The country's largest federal prosecution office stays like 80% of the charges they lay

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  85. R Boss

    R BossOy oldin

    "You can change them." Feels like pur standards for our DAs should be higher than that woman in an abusive relationship coming up with excuses not to leave.

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    Cat TonyOy oldin

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    Malaika ColemanOy oldin

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  88. Plumikii Ryu

    Plumikii RyuOy oldin

    Please Do A Piece on Michael Jackson Hi, I’m writing to you because Last Week Tonight as opposed to other such shows actually cares about issues rather than chasing the headlines. It has been 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away yet to this day what the common consensus is that he is a taboo subject for many. I recall you guys once did a piece on Public Shaming. Michael Jackson was a genius, an abused child. He was strange. He was one of the few major stars from the 80s who came out of the 80s without a heroine addiction. He in his own way did many, Many strange things, but so do most other superstars. And more than others he actually cared. About children, about the earth. About the issues we are discussing to this day. While Icons like Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Prince, Beetles and many more are known for their good works, Michael is known for the something which he has repeatedly been acquitted for. It’s the truth that anyone looking for will find instantly but due to the “where there is smoke there is a fire” narrative, even 11 years after his death, the new media treats him like a criminal. All his trial pages are open for the public to read. He WAS weird. Making a ranch called neverland, hanging out with children. Trusting people he shouldn’t. But I urge you please cover him, hear beyond the noise like you guys often do. The most successful African American Artist of all time was a humble man child, who respected women, loved children and cared about our environment. He was not a heroine junkie, a private man who did not share his disease even all the way back in 1993 even though he was accused of wanting to become a “White Man”. He was eccentric. Hanging out with animals and caring about them. This article covers multiple sources, some of which I had read previously. Michael Jackson was a multi talented millionaire pop star, who was not an alcoholic, was a caring father, a filial son, Treated women with respect, cared about the planet and it’s beings. The press that constantly kept DASHING him, had found a way to subvert their guilt. All those years of calling him a “Jacko”, “monkey” and many more hurtful things was justified if he was a paedophile. They NEEDED him to be guilty. Such a man cannot exist in Hollywood. Such public shaming had allowed and to this day allows Michael to be a victim to all this slander. Please do a piece, if not one that exonerates him then one that once and for all cements the fact the Michael Jackson, the greatest pop star, the first African American Idol was a paedophile. Not through unknown sources or flimsy headlines but through concrete proof. A news echoing in a closed chamber will not reach anyone, most fans who what to know the truth know it, other people will read the headlines but not the explanations. It’s about time the general public knows. Please do a piece on Michael, the blatant mistreatment by the media, The systematic racism he faced during his trials. Please don’t let the first African American Singer be remembered for the things he did not do, He was weird, weird enough to annoy Freddie Mercury with Bubbles feedbacks, weird enough to let kids crack raw eggs over Michael Jackson, Weird enough to play water balloons with children. But he was not a paedophile and the world needs to acknowledge that. He was in no way a “Perfect Human” but he tried his best to live right and we should not punish him for doing that. On this year please exonerate this Black man, the Justice System has done it two decades ago, it’s about time everyone else does. Please do a piece on Michael Jackson.

  89. Richard Cavicchi Jr

    Richard Cavicchi JrOy oldin

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  91. Kim-Hugo Rundereim

    Kim-Hugo RundereimOy oldin

    It's quite terrifying actually how the judicial system/prosecution system works.. from an early age we are taught that crime is bad, but it seems to me that during lawschool prosecution majors ate taught to HATE criminals with seething white hot rage. And just put common sense behind, and forget that behind the crime still lies an individual. And not even just prosecutors, you can hear the police talk about some of these people the same way. These people are payed to condemn the crime. Not the person. Yet, ot seems that often, gettinh the conviction is more important than getting the facts straight. I mean it, when I say that hypothetically being accused of a crime I did not commit while in the US would be a fate worse than death.

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  93. Joel Longworth

    Joel LongworthOy oldin

    The old DA in my county got caught up in a prostitution scandal and had went to jail. Ingham county Michigan. Name was Stuart Dunnings. He was a real piece of shit

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    Koala From TomorrowOy oldin

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  96. Tony Spain

    Tony SpainOy oldin

    They did the same to me.

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  99. gaianmonkey

    gaianmonkeyOy oldin

    So if you withhold evidence and get the death penalty you are a serial killer. Fact. This is evil....