Moving Past 'Progressive' Prosecution in the Wake of the Trump Administration

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

Suggested Citation

Romero, Maybell, Moving Past 'Progressive' Prosecution in the Wake of the Trump Administration (April 14, 2022). Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Forthcoming, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 22-4, Available at SSRN:

Maybell Romero (Contact Author)

Tulane University Law School ( email )

6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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