The Life-Destroying Danger of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Bobby Joe Maxwell, shown here in a 1979 photo, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a series of attacks on homeless men by a killer dubbed “the Skid Row Stabber.” (Reed Saxon / AP)

For most prison inmates, news that charges against them have been dismissed is cause for celebration.

Not so for Bobby Joe Maxwell.

Last week, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles dismissed Maxwell’s case. The trouble is, after spending nearly 40 years in custody for two counts of first-degree murder, Maxwell can’t appreciate his good fortune…