Prosecutors and Their Agents - Agents and Their Prosecutors

76 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2002

Date Written: June 14, 2002


This is an effort to describe the dynamics of interaction between federal prosecutors and federal enforcement agents, and to suggest how these dynamics affect the exercise of enforcement discretion. It concludes by exploring ways in which the proposed normative model - which sees prosecutors and agents as members of a "working group," with each side monitoring the other - can be furthered or frustrated with various procedural and structural changes.

Keywords: federal prosecutors, federal enforcement agencies, enforcement discretion, prosecutor-agent relations, mutual monitoring, team production

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Richman, Daniel C., Prosecutors and Their Agents - Agents and Their Prosecutors (June 14, 2002). Available at SSRN: or

Daniel C. Richman (Contact Author)

Columbia Law School ( email )

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States

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