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In re Bowman

Supreme Court of Louisiana

October 31, 2014

IN RE: CHRISTOPHER S. BOWMAN

IN RE: Disciplinary Counsel; - Other; Applying For Findings and Recommendations (Appeal to the Ruling of the Board) Office of Disciplinary Board, No. 13-DB-045;

Jeannette Theriot Knoll, Jeffrey P. Victory, John L. Weimer, Greg G. Guidry, Marcus R. Clark

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

PER CURIAM

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel seeks review of a recommendation of the disciplinary board that the formal charges against respondent, Christopher S. Bowman, be dismissed. Having reviewed the record and the briefs of the parties, we find the disciplinary board reached the correct result in dismissing the formal charges.

Accordingly, it is the judgment of this court that the formal charges against respondent be dismissed.

DISSENT

JOHNSON, C.J. dissents.

Hughes, J., dissents and assigns reasons.

While I respect the right of respondent to criticize any judge at any time, I wish to avoid a misconception about the nature of our criminal justice system. When a judge or jury finds a criminal defendant " not guilty," the verdict cannot properly be said to " thwart" the efforts of the prosecution.

The U.S. Supreme Court instructed in Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 55 S.Ct. 629, 79 L.Ed. 1314 (1935), that prosecutors represent a sovereign " whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done."


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