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. :-)