The Politics of Prosecution: Examining the Policymaking Role of Prosecutors

16 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2018  

Abhinav Sekhri

Delhi High Court

Date Written: January 9, 2018

Abstract

This short paper focuses on prosecutors in the federal setting and contributes to this growing field of scholarship. Through the lens of Prosecutorial Agreements in the sphere of corporate criminal liability, I demonstrate that prosecutors engage in important policy making exercises. I argue that this analysis helps better understand the constrains in which prosecutorial discretion is exercises, and here I suggest how such an analysis offers a more nuanced reading of the prosecutorial charging practices in corporate crime over the last two decades. I conclude by suggesting that examining the policymaking potential of prosecutors merits great attention today, as the importance of these actors within the criminal justice system is being appreciated beyond legal spheres.

Keywords: prosecutors, prosecutorial discretion, criminal justice system, prosecution agreements, legal history

Suggested Citation

Sekhri, Abhinav, The Politics of Prosecution: Examining the Policymaking Role of Prosecutors (January 9, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3126497

Abhinav Sekhri (Contact Author)

Delhi High Court ( email )

Delhi
India Gate
Delhi, 110003
India

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