Images and Allusions in Prosecutors’ Morality Tales
Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, Volume 5, Issue 1, Number 38
31 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017
Date Written: February 2017
In this essay, we catalog and explain four stock images that prosecutors use most often when they describe their own duties and those of their counterparts across the aisle. Prosecutors speak frequently about “wearing the white hat,” “going over to the dark side,” “being a true believer,” and “drinking the Kool-Aid.” These images — and the narratives in which they are embedded — reveal important aspects of the prosecutors’ professional self-image and their relationships with defense attorneys. In so doing, they inspire new ways of thinking about how to engage prosecutors in efforts to reform criminal justice.
Keywords: Criminal Law and Procedure
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