Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bonusgate: Trying the Lock

As you've heard variously:

"If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted." (Justice Jackson, via CasablancaPA)

That is a danger. Is this really the most dangerous power of a prosecutor? And how much pause should that give us, given the prosecutor's most serious responsibility? Does the phrase "All come out in the wash" have any application here?

1 comment:

  1. When it comes to prosecuting people, being on this list or this list is probably enough for getting on the "need to be prosecuted" list.