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June 2, 2008

By: Joel Cohen

Some prosecutors get skewered for trying too hard to win, as evidenced by the attack on the admittedly egregious conduct of the prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team case (for which he was disbarred), and the allegedly overzealous charging of black teenagers in the Jena Six case. At the other extreme, consider the attacks on the prosecutor in the Sean Bell case for not trying hard enough to win, whereby media and so-called trial experts have characterized his effort as “incompetent,” filled with “blunders” and resembling “the gang that couldn’t prosecute straight.”

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