Would a Prosecutor's Manual Help?

, New York Law Journal


In his Ethics and Criminal Practice column, Joel Cohen, of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, writes that line prosecutors, particularly inexperienced ones, don't realistically have a body of law or practice on which to judge or self-assess their conduct to ensure that they are walking the straight and narrow. Yes, most prosecution offices, state and federal, have training programs. But do they do enough, and is there a better way to proceed?

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  • Pete F

    This reminds me of the story of a man looking to buy a yacht. He asks the seller what is the price. His answer is: If you have to ask you can't afford it.

    Why on Earth would any prosecutor need a manual for when it comes to their ethical obligations while prosecuting a case? If they don't know that by the time they graduated from Law School then they will NEVER know it. Truth of the matter is any person should know what is ethical and what is not by the time they graduate from grade school, much less a law school.

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