A Prosecutor’s Credo, Robed Oracles, and Gideon’s Angels: A Review of Doing Justice
Harvard Law & Policy Review: Notice and Comment, 2019
10 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019
Date Written: May 28, 2019
The power to prosecute is a heavy burden to bear. From a simple fine to the ultimate punishment, a prosecutor knows well that the crown is heavy to wear. While it can take years, if not decades, for a young attorney to learn the ins and outs of this newfound power, Mr. Bharara’s book Doing Justiceis extremely useful as a guidebook to those who wish to begin their legal career seeking justice. Mr. Bharara’s theme throughout his book is quite simple: seek justice and do what is right. While every citizen expects that from the people who hold other people legally accountable, it is much easier said than actually done. What this book does, though, is provide a credo for prosecutors. Through stories, Mr. Bharara illustrates how a prosecutor should act in a courtroom, how they should treat defendants, and most importantly, how they should constantly seek justice.
Part I of this review focuses on the contents and structure of the book. It will serve as a reference for anyone needing to quickly grasp the larger point of the book. Part II extracts the prosecutor’s credo that this book as put together throughout its chapters. Part III is advice for the judges themselves. The final part to this review focuses on what Mr. Bharara left unsaid. While I do admire the theme and structure of this book, there is one leg of the three-legged stool that I would have enjoyed Mr. Bharara’s perspective on: public defenders. A vital piece of our criminal justice system are the attorneys willing to work long hours for low pay to defend people who have been accused of some of the most heinous crimes. Although he did not specifically comment on the public defender and the role they play, Part IV is a sample chapter of what he should have written.
Keywords: bharara, prosecutors, public defenders
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