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  •  Not in my experience (0+ / 0-)

    I am a civil litigator, and have limited experience in the the criminal courts (Connecticut), but I've generally found the prosecutors here to be professional, ethical and compassionate in my experiences with them.  This ain't Mississippi or Texas, however.  

    •  Yeh but when there is a "Wrong'un" they tend to (0+ / 0-)

      really be wrong.  The Duke lacross case has given the rightwing nuts material for decades to come. NC remains the one state I would hate to be a defendant in, even more than TX (and this is after the Geter case in TX)

      •  This, I think, (0+ / 0-)

        is where the diarist has a valid point.  Prosecutors will bring to court those cases they perceive can be won - either on some basis in law or because they have reason to believe the judge or jury, whichever the case may be, will rule in their favor.  This is where the mores and interpretations of individuals come into play, I think.

        •  The Petersen case is another example (0+ / 0-)

          where I have watched the "Staircase" documentary several times and it seems to me that the prosecutors went so far overboard that an appeal would be automatically granted. Instead, he has exhausted his appeals.

          It was astounding to me, as an example, to have an alleged previous bad act (the alleged murder of the mother of his adopted children) to be introduced as evidence in his trial for the death of his wife. Even more incredible, when the first coroner had ruled the death accidental, the prosecutors had her body exhumed and their medical examiner could not state with certainty that she had been murdered. Then this supposition was presented to the jury.

          Or the elaborate theory about how he used the "firepoke" as the murder weapon and how he disposed of it, only to have the defense find the firepoke in the basement with no indication it had been moved in years.

          The final example was the prosecution's theory that Petersen had killed his wife because he was molesting their daughters and also alleged that he was the biological father of their adopted daughters.  After DNA blew that theory out of the water, the prosecution, without missing a beat, presented their next theory.

          Bottom line is that the defendant had a nonSouthern lawyer and he was caught supposedly making a date for himself online with a bisexual and that is why the jury convicted him, IMHO.    

    •  I think you misunderstand me. (0+ / 0-)

      Many prosecutors are good and quite professional. I mentioned that earlier. But they do make a career out of putting people in jail or otherwise punishing them. That is their job. It's a job that needs to be done and I am glad that they do it.

      The problem is that a job with this much power to punish can attract the authoritarian and sadistic type. And when you get a person with these tendencies, it is very, very frightening.

      For what it's worth, I live in South Carolina.

      "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

      by wayward on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 03:59:29 PM PDT

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