Federal prosecutor's cases under scrutiny

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A prosecutor's cases are now under scrutiny after a judge threw out one man's case, saying the prosecutor threatened a witness. 

That prosecutor is the same woman who helped put a KCK man behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.

In a 26-page order, federal Judge Julie Robinson dismissed the drug charges against Gregory Orozco.

The judge wrote prosecutor Terra Morehead acted in "bad faith" by threatening a witness in the case.

Judge Robinson added Morehead also didn't present evidence that could have helped Orozco soon enough.

This is the same prosecutor that's accused of intimating a witness in the 1994 double murder case of Lamonte McIntyre.

Niko Jackson is that witness who recently came forward to tell the truth.

"The whole time my insides say it wasn't him say it wasn't him, but I remember what she said. She was going to take my kids away and throw me in prison," Jackson said. 

In October, a judge tossed out McIntyre’s conviction.

The Midwest Innocence Project spent seven years investigating his case.

Director Tricia Bushnell told 41 Action News Thursday their cases involving Morehead are getting closely examined. 

"We had individuals whose cases were touched by these same actors already on that waitlist. Those are the cases that we are giving a hard look to say, 'Is this something that happened again?'" Bushnell said.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas has been told not to comment on the accusations surrounding Morehead. 

"I think the number one thing about the justice system is it's a human system. There are human actors in every aspect of it. So we have to be able to say humans make mistakes and we can fix them, but when we see repeated mistakes over and over and they go uncorrected that's on us. It's our job to fix them to stand up and say it's not OK," Bushnell said.

Both the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Attorney's Office have the power to sanction Morehead but as of Thursday haven't taken any action.

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