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Prosecutorial Discretion as an Ethical Necessity: The Ashcroft Memorandum's Curtailment of the Prosecutor's Duty to 'Seek Justice'


Amie N. Ely


Cornell Law School (JD 2005)


Cornell Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 237, 2004

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This Note examines the various ethical considerations that guide prosecutors in exercising their discretion and the ways in which the Ashcroft Memorandum curtails that discretion. The goal is to evaluate the extent to which abiding by the Ashcroft Memorandum's requirements may force a prosecutor to behave unethically.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Prosecutor, prosecutors, prosecutorial discretion, defense attorneys, defendant, defendant, government, ethics, ashcroft, blakely, booker, fanfan, ABA, ethics, morals, sentences, sentencing, criminal, crime, comey

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K39, K40, K41, K42, K49

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Date posted: February 9, 2005  

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Ely, Amie N., Prosecutorial Discretion as an Ethical Necessity: The Ashcroft Memorandum's Curtailment of the Prosecutor's Duty to 'Seek Justice'. Cornell Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 237, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=664281

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