This Changes Everything: A Call for a Directive, Goal-Oriented Principle to Guide the Discretion of Federal Prosecutors

Valparaiso Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 625, 2005

61 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2008  

Mark William Osler

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Date Written: September 4, 2008

Abstract

The breadth of discretion enjoyed by federal prosecutors has been widely noted and often criticized, but few realistic proposals have been made to limit or channel that discretion. This article suggests the articulation of an over-arching principle by the Attorney General to focus that often-troubling discretion.

Keywords: sentencing, prosecutorial discretion, Attorney General, federal prosecutors

JEL Classification: K14, K42, K40

Suggested Citation

Osler, Mark William, This Changes Everything: A Call for a Directive, Goal-Oriented Principle to Guide the Discretion of Federal Prosecutors (September 4, 2008). Valparaiso Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 625, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1263353

Mark William Osler (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

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