Prosecutors Can Abuse Discretion to Seek Charges. We Propose Some Fixes

Chicago Tribune (Apr. 6, 2022)

4 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2022

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Zachary D. Kaufman

University of Florida Levin College of Law; Boston University - School of Law; Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law; University of Houston Law Center; Stanford Law School; Yale University - Law School; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Ken M. Levy

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: April 6, 2022

Abstract

Prosecutors have broad discretion to determine which crimes and suspects they pursue and how they pursue them. How might prosecutors be motivated to start shifting their focus from minor street crimes, which they have been overpunishing, to white-collar crimes, which they have been underpunishing?

Keywords: bystanders, upstanders, prosecutors, prosecute, reform, criminal law, criminal justice, criminal justice reform, Bad Samaritan laws, duty to report, white collar crime, Ahmaud Arbery, Jackie Johnson, American Bar Association, state bar associations

Suggested Citation

Kaufman, Zachary D. and Levy, Ken, Prosecutors Can Abuse Discretion to Seek Charges. We Propose Some Fixes (April 6, 2022). Chicago Tribune (Apr. 6, 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4077874

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