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 Is Prosecution in the Public Interest?


Mar
31
2014

Date: 03/31/2014
Time: 11:50 AM to 12:50 PM
Contact: Gordon,Shira Elizabeth

Location: South Hall 1225

Description: At this event, Chief Judge Marsha Pechman, Nancy Diehl, and Valerie Newman--current and former prosecutors and defense attorneys--will explore questions such as: How do prosecutors think about what many see as flaws in the criminal justice system, such as very long sentences for relatively minor crimes, the war on drugs, the links between poverty and the criminal justice system, the fact that defendants' inability to make bond often leads them to plead when they would/should otherwise go to trial, and racial disparities in conviction and sentencing? And to the extent that they worry about these issues, how can they work to promote just outcomes? To what degree can and do prosecutors use their discretion to promote outcomes that maximize the public interest in circumstances when conviction on all charges and a substantial prison sentence is not in the public interest? In essence, for law students who hope to devote their lives to promoting social justice, is prosecution a career they should consider? Co-sponsored by NLG, PROS, ACS, Criminal Law Society, and OPIS.

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