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Taming The Dragon: An Administrative Law For Prosecutorial Decision Making

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dc.contributor.author Bubany, Charles P.
dc.contributor.author Skillern, Frank F.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-15T18:26:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-15T18:26:46Z
dc.date.issued 1976
dc.identifier.citation 13 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 473 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1555
dc.description.abstract Written in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the pardon of President Nixon, this article critically examines prosecutorial discretion. The authors compare prosecutors to an administrative agency, operating under their respective criminal code instead of a legislative enabling act. Prosecutors exercise discretion at every point in the judicial process, deciding whether to charge, what to charge, and how to proceed after charging. This discretion is greatest at the beginning of the criminal justice process and furthest away from trial. Prosecutors are under limited restraint; while courts have declined to review decisions not to prosecute, judges do have the ability to veto some plea bargains. However, the authors point out a judicial tendency to “rubber stamp” the prosecutorial decisions. In addition to the formal controls available, public opinion also functions as an informal control over prosecutors. The authors also evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of additional controls over prosecutorial discretion; although prosecutors need the freedom to make individual decisions in unique circumstances, the authors argue for a system that protects against arbitrary decisions.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Criminal Law Review
dc.relation.uri http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/amcrimlr13&id=481&collection=journals&index=journals/amcrimlr
dc.subject Prosecutor en_US
dc.subject Administrative controls en_US
dc.subject Administrative law en_US
dc.title Taming The Dragon: An Administrative Law For Prosecutorial Decision Making en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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