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AAPAC announces August primary election endorsements

DEARBORN – The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) is endorsing a number of candidates in state and municipal elections for the August primary elections….Kym Worthy – Wayne County prosecutor.  She has also teamed up with Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud to restart their own investigation into the Flint water crisis. Prosecutor Worthy is tough on crime, but is also fair and compassionate. She serves with integrity and transparency and has been recognized as one of the most respected prosecutors in the nation. Worthy received national recognition for ensuring that thousands of abandoned rape kits are tested and thoroughly investigated. She launched the first Conviction Integrity Unit in Michigan to ensure that those who are wrongfully convicted are exonerated. She is a tireless advocate for mental health and rehabilitative programs over incarceration.

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The Michigan Chronicle’s Choice for Wayne County Prosecutor: Kym Worthy

By Staff Writer – The Michigan Chronicle’s Choice for Wayne County Prosecutor: Kym Worthy. The increased attention that the Wayne County’s Prosecutor’s race has received is good for our community. And during this time of heightened community awareness, with more eyes on the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, we need the “lawyer for the people” to be a proven, results-oriented leader, who responds to critical community needs with initiatives and programs that are both sound and innovative. We point to the 15 diversion programs created by Kym Worthy. As a result, more than 18,000 youth and adults—mostly people of color—have been diverted from the criminal justice system. These programs are an example of Worthy’s leadership and innovation.

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Kym Worthy: ‘I Have Always Been Willing To Be Held Accountable’

As Wayne County grapples with economic, health and moral crises, it’s clear now more than ever that we need a proven leader to help see us through. That certainly includes the area of law and peace. Because our Prosecutor’s Office has always had to be very cost-conscious and effective with limited resources—even as we addressed a backlog of 11,341 untested rape kits and appropriately diverted more than 18,000 youths and adults from the system—I am ready to take on the tough tasks ahead.

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DETROIT NEWS – Wolfgang, Mueller

Letter: Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit brings justice for all

If we want true criminal justice reform, we need to start with prosecutors who have the integrity to recognize that the criminal justice system has wrongfully convicted innocent people. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is one such prosecutor. Her Conviction Integrity Unit has made huge strides in achieving what “justice” should look like. The Wayne County CIU has been responsible for the release of 16 men in just a few years of existence, including Richard Phillips, who served 45 years in prison, the longest serving exoneree in U.S. history. By comparison, many CIUs around the country in existence three or more years have no exonerations.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Defends Tenure In Run For Fifth Term

BY DETROIT TODAY – Key Experience: Kym Worthy has served as Wayne Country prosecutor for four terms, amounting to 16 years in office. Major endorsements: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. Backlogged Rape Kits: “The work we did in Detroit is now a national model,” says Worthy. Criminal justice reform: “I welcome any report that is done on criminal justice reform and jail reform, because there are some good ideas there. There are also some bad ideas,” says Worthy. Wrongful Convictions: Worthy says contrary to her critics’ assertions, there are not thousands of wrongful convictions in Wayne County. On Victoria Burton Harris’ claim that there is only one full-time lawyer in Wayne County’s Conviction Integrity Unit, Worthy says emphatically there are four full-time attorneys in the unit. As for juvenile lifer cases, Worthy says her office has changed on several cases and are doing hearings as quickly as possible.

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Endorsement: Elect Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to a fifth term

Detroit Free Press Editorial Board – Because no Republican candidate filed to seek the prosecutor’s office, the candidate who wins the Aug. 4 Democratic primary is certain to prevail in the November general election. Primary voters should not hesitate to elect KYM WORTHY to a fifth term. “Burton-Harris'”suggestion that Worthy shares some blame for Detroit’s rape-kit backlog is neither accurate nor fair. Burton-Harris’ assertion that Worthy’s office was at fault for failing to flag the missing evidence is just silly. The backlogged rape kits were stored by Detroit police, and never passed to the office of Worthy or her predecessors for prosecution. Worthy’s work to bring justice to sexual assault survivors has been nothing short of heroic, and her challenger’s attempts to cloud that record are disingenuous, to say the least.

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OPINION: The Yemeni American News Endorses…

The circumstances of this time period in US History has demanded change for the criminal justice system. It’s our belief that there are two great candidates running who are positioned well to steer that change. Because in a city that’s 80% African American, we do need better.

But what a lot of people may not have seen is a proactive approach to change that Kym Worthy has actively steered since before she was Wayne County’s Chief Prosecutor. Looking all the way back to her first major assignment, when she successfully prosecuted the police who killed Malice Green, Worthy claims this was the first example of police being successfully prosecuted for police brutality.

Criminal Justice is a precise act that requires equity for the accused and justice for the abused. Worthy has shown, through policies like the Conviction Integrity Unit and the bolstered Special Victims’ Rights that her office can skillfully navigate all of the 21st century’s demands on one of the most archaic professions in the United States.

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Wayne County prosecutor to release list of untruthful cops

Detroit — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to regularly release to the public the names of police officers who are unable to testify in court cases because they were found guilty of being untruthful.

The first list of names is expected to be released later this week, and Worthy said Wednesday she will release updated lists quarterly to allow the public to identify untruthful officers in Wayne County’s 43 police departments and Sheriff’s Office.

Worthy’s decision comes amid demands for more police transparency in the wake of the May 25 choking death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, which has sparked demonstrations and calls for law enforcement reforms in cities across the country.

Cops who have been found guilty of lying are called “Giglio-impaired” after Giglio v. United States, a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court granted a man a new trial because prosecutors didn’t inform the defense about a deal they’d negotiated with a witness not to prosecute him in exchange for his testimony.

Prosecutors must inform defense attorneys if any officers involved in their cases have truthfulness issues on their records. Prosecutors are reluctant to use such officers as witnesses because it’s easy for defense attorneys to impeach their credibility.

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Kym Worthy For Wayne County Prosecutor

This is no time to experiment with untested and inexperienced leadership: Our choice for Wayne County Prosecutor is Kym Worthy

As our country reaches a crossroads over race, safety and the economy, it is extremely important that individuals who have the vision, passion and experience to navigate these tough times be in positions of power.

For Muslim Americans, we must have elected leaders who are not only empathetic to our community’s fight to participate in the country’s offerings, but those who are vigilant in ensuring our safety. A 2018 FBI report found that of the 1,617 victims of anti-religious hate crimes, 15 percent were Muslim.

For these reasons, the Muslim-Observer is pleased to ENDORSE KYM WORTHY FOR WAYNE COUNTY PROSECUTOR.

Prosecutor Worthy deserves to be reelected. Experienced and innovative, she was leading justice reform before it was popularized.

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Elections Matter: VOTE to Re-elect Prosecutor Kym Worthy

Tom Watkins – In Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan, the Primary Election is August 4th. Given the overwhelming Democratic nature of Detroit/Wayne County, the primary election is THE election to vote in. Not voting in the primary negates your decision and vote.

I am actively encouraging and working to elect a woman of honor and integrity, Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy is a true servant leader having served as our Wayne County Prosecutor for the past 16 years. Her hard work, fairness, honesty, and integrity is worthy of our vote and her re-election. She has a record we all can be proud of.

Re-electing Prosecutor Kym Worthy will continue to help move Detroit and Wayne County move forward. She has earned our support. VOTE in the Wayne County Primary on August 4. Request an absentee ballot. Vote absentee to avoid lines and COVID-19. VOTE for Kym Worthy so she can continue her important work on behalf us all. VOTE – Don’t allow Liberty to be history!

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Running on a Strong Record

By Simon Albaugh Detroit, Mich. – Back in ’92, a young African American man was driving to a house that Detroit Police had flagged for drug activity. Police in an unmarked vehicle and plainclothes stopped the young man and asked for his driver’s license.

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Michigan governor endorse Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy

DETROIT (AP) – The Wayne County prosecutor’s office and a community-based nonprofit are partnering on a juvenile diversion program that will serve as an alternative to charging children and teenagers with minor property damage, theft, simple assault and similar offenses.

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Wayne County Prosecutor’s Conviction Integrity Unit seen as a boon to wrongfully convicted

Two years after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy established a unit to look into questionable convictions, staff members have plenty to keep them busy. Since the Conviction Integrity Unit began work in January 2018, it has received about 1,200 requests to review convictions, with its five-member staff processing about 500 cases a year.

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Diversion program announced for youth in some criminal cases

DETROIT (AP) – The Wayne County prosecutor’s office and a community-based nonprofit are partnering on a juvenile diversion program that will serve as an alternative to charging children and teenagers with minor property damage, theft, simple assault and similar offenses.

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Prosecutors Usually Send People to Prison. These Are Getting Them Out.

Prisoners who fought for years to prove their innocence couldn’t win in court, no matter how much evidence they amassed. Then the offices that put them away got involved. Yet appeals courts refused to grant him a new trial.

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A Prosecutor’s Fight for Justice: 11,000 Abandoned Rape Kits Tested and 824 Serial Rapists Identified

“If we cannot treat our sexual assault victims right, especially if justice has been denied to them for so many years, we certainly want to be able to treat our current survivors properly.” In 2009, over 11,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits were found in a Detroit police storage warehouse during a routine tour, some dating back to 1984.

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Mariska Hargitay and Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Ending the Rape Kit Backlog

While all police precincts have their distinct challenges, almost every state in America shares the exact same systemic failing: a backlog of rape kits.

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25 years ago, Malice Green became the face of police brutality in Detroit

A pair of plainclothes Detroit police officers approached Malice Green in front of a known drug house on the city’s west side. When Green reportedly refused to drop what he was holding in his clinched hand, the beating began. At least one of the officers used his heavy steel flashlight to pound Green and more cops arrived.

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An Hour With… Kym Worthy – Hour Detroit Magazine

Kym Worthy took office in 2004 as the first African-American to serve as Wayne County prosecutor. She is best known for trying the Malice Green police brutality case in the mid-1990s, and filing charges against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2008.

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