Friday, April 21, 2006

Cracks in the criminal "justice" system

The San Jose Mercury News is one of my favorite newspapers. I read it when I was a student at Stanford, and it pops up from time to time because they occasionally take on controversial issues, and because they have aggressively cultivated a web presence.

Recently the paper did a 5-part series on criminal justice, focusing on Santa Clara County in California.

The whole series is great, but the most notable parts for me are parts 2-4:

Prosecutors over the line

High cost of bad defense

How judges favor the prosecution


In the part on prosecutors, there's a chilling quote from one of the local prosecutors: "I knew I wanted to be a prosecutor, and be able to do what I think is right, not just what is in the client's interest.''

The client for a prosecutor is the People. I love the "what I think is right" comment. If you don't see why that's disturbing, you might be a prosecutor.

More later -- the baby's awake. :-)
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