Every once in a while, water flows uphill, Hell freezes over, and the Falcons make it to the Super Bowl. Yes, a prosecutor in Virginia resigned after a federal judge overturned a murder conviction his office won by using the ubiquitous "jailhouse snitch" for "key testimony."
There really is nothing more insidious in a court of law than a prosecutor using testimony that he or she knows is perjured. Granted, this is something that prosecutors in the LMJC use all the time, which is why I believe they are utterly despicable people.
During Tonya Craft's trial, Chris Arnt suborned perjury right and left, with the crowning act being the subornation of Joal Henke's "I just remembered" claim that Tonya and Jennifer Sullivan had engaged in sexual acts together. Interestingly, Judge Brian House would not permit Sullivan to appear as a defense witness in order to deny the allegations. (House was trying to rig the proceedings, and I guess he figured that one more lie would not hurt anything.)
Likewise, Alan Norton was going to use a "jailhouse snitch" in trying to get a wrongful conviction against Dale Higgenbottom, only to find out that the "snitch" had written a letter contradicting everything Norton was going to have him say on the stand. You see, once Norton realized that such a letter existed and once House realized that he could not keep that letter from being entered as evidence without placing his own judgeship in danger, Norton had no choice but to drop the charges.
Now, was Norton aware that his beloved "snitch" had made such comments? Probably, but there just is something about the printed word that will put the fear of God into someone who is trying to pretend such words don't exist.
I know nothing about Gary Close, the prosecutor who resigned, but at least the man is stepping down after being excoriated by a judge. However, in the LMJC, which makes the worst Third World "justice" systems look good by comparison, judges and prosecutors are incapable of shame and even when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they scream, shout, and claim that there isn't a cookie jar in sight.