High-Profile Prosecutors and High-Profile Conflicts
23 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2006
Prosecutors, to a greater extent than all lawyers, must meet high ethical standards. In her Article, Professor Levenson argues that an examination of high-profile prosecutions illustrates their potential for conflicts-of-interest, even with diligent prosecutors. Three conflict pitfalls are likely to arise in the course of high-profile prosecutions: overly-personal involvement of the prosecutor; improper disclosures to news and entertainment media; and perceived conflicts based on prosecutor's prior cases or affiliations. Professor Levenson concludes that the responsibility falls on prosecutors to confront tough ethical decision in high-profile cases because it is from these cases that the public learns about the nature and integrity of its legal process.
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