Prosecutor Fired for Using Facebook to Convince Alibi Witnesses to Change Their Stories

By: Josh Wolford - June 7, 2013

A Cuyahoga County, Ohio prosecutor has been fired after admitting to using a fake Facebook profile in an attempt to persuade two key witnesses for the defense to recant their testimony.

Aaron Brockler remains adamant that he did nothing wrong, and that this type of practice is common among law enforcement.

“Law enforcement, including prosecutors, have long engaged in the practice of using a ruse to obtain the truth,” said Brockler. “I think the public is better off for what I did…to me, this is all a massive overreaction. I wasn’t some rogue prosecutor sitting behind a computer trying to wrongfully convict someone. I did what the Cleveland police detectives should have done before I got the file.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Brockler, who had served as a county prosecutor since 2006, posed a a fictitious girlfriend of the defendant in a murder case. The defendant, 29-year-old Damon Dunn, is accused of shooting Kenneth Adams on May 18th of last year at a car wash.

Apparently, Brockler held Facebook chats with the two alibi witnesses, who both claimed that Dunn was actually on the other side of town when the murder occurred. He claims that they both told him that their stories for the defense were “bogus,” and that they weren’t going to lie for Dunn.

The odd thing here is that Brockler didn’t try to conceal his actions. He printed out the Facebook chat transcripts and logged them into his file.

Despite Brockler’s claim that he actually did nothing wrong, County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that the termination was a no-brainer.

“This office does not condone and will not tolerate such unethical behavior,” said McGinty. “He disgraced this office and everyone who works here. By creating false evidence, lying to witnesses as well as another prosecutor, Aaron Brockler has damaged the prosecution’s chances in a murder case where a totally innocent man was killed at his work.”

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  • Name

    Prosecutors are very unethical. What the public thinks happens in courtrooms and what actually does is two different things. Prosecutors lie, bully, and threaten all the time. Northwestern has done research on pleas and found that as many as 30% are coerced. Our society is so quick to send someone to prison even though the vast majority of people have no idea what it is like to serve time in a prison. We say the punishment fits the crime but in actuality, we have no idea of what the punishment entails.

    Many innocent people go to the horrors of prison in this country because prosecutors like the one in this article.

  • David Beatty

    Prosecutors lie for a living, Brockler made three mistakes – (1) he did his misdeed in writing, (2) he didn’t go after the ‘witnesses’ as a separate prosecution – for perjury/making false statements to law enforcement; because lying to manipulate potential defendants is okay but admitting to lying to defense witnesses to get them to change their statements is not, according to the rules of their game. (3) he told the truth about what he did – which makes him too honest to continue to be employment by the government.

    Good advice to anyone who is being questioned by ANYONE involved in civil or criminal law enforcement in any capacity: Unless you are the one seeking retribution or restitution – don’t talk to them – about anything. JUST SAY NO COMMENT! Don’t engage in conversation at all, don’t play their game. NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY – decline to be questioned.

    You can best control the outcome by waiting until you get into the courtroom to do your talking, when ALL parties are sworn in, and everything is ‘on the record’ – regardless of what law enforcement agents say about it going easier on you or someone else if [fill in the blank].

  • j

    Neither defense or prosecuting attorneys should be allowed to lie for any reason whatsoever. After the initial arrest every conversation with the accused should be recorded, the accused should be notified that they are being recorded whether by the police or the attorneys. In addition, the prosecution attorney should never be allowed to speak with the accused without a defense attorney present and all conversations should be recorded. This should be encoded into law. It is better for society that a guilty person should go unpunished than that a innocent person should be unfairly punished. You could be the innocent unjustly accused. Think about that. Read up on the results found by the Innocence Project. Over 100 people have been found guilty of murder and later found to be innocent via DNA testing. For some Innocents, It was too late, or the court did not allow a retrial or examine the evidence due to political reasons. Someday, it may be you that is unjustly accused. Most of us have had that experience as children whether falsely accused by our parents or friends. When the state is allowed to make false accusations, often times the innocent becomes the victim of an over zealous state prosecutor who lies to obtain a conviction. This prosecutor should be punished with more than just loss of his job.