Moving Past 'Progressive' Prosecution in the Wake of the Trump Administration
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Forthcoming
13 Pages Posted: 3 May 2022 Last revised: 31 May 2022
Date Written: April 14, 2022
This short Essay looks at the interrelationship between the Trump administration and progressive prosecutors throughout the country, illuminating how self-described progressive prosecutors postured in opposition to Trump. It examines how the progressive prosecutor movement reacted on losing one of its main antagonists. I argue that the term “progressive prosecutor” has, in essence, become vacant, meaningless, and political, and that rather than perpetuating the use of such a label, another should be instituted in its place that emphasizes forward-looking problem solving as advocated in the American Bar Association’s Standards for the Prosecution Function.
Keywords: progressive prosecutors, prosecutors, ethics, professional responsibility, criminal adjudication, Trump, First Step Act
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