Cozen O’Connor: Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr Quoted in Law Bulletin

Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr Quoted in Law Bulletin

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office, was quoted in a recent article in the Law Bulletin about a resolution being voted on by the American Bar Association this week. The resolution (does it have an official name or number) calls for judges to use new terms that distinguish between prosecutors committing an error and prosecutors wrongdoing, replacing the general term “prosecutorial misconduct.” The article describes the reasoning behind the arguments for and against the resolution.

Tom was quoted in support of the resolution, proposing that it will better for the legal system. He said, “It’s beneficial to have more transparency about internal inquiries and what the consequences were.” The article explains further that sometimes prosecutors make honest mistakes, and because of the current “misconduct” label, they are sometimes perceived as wrongdoers by those who do not understand the criminal justice system’s terminology.