October 1, 2012
Suggested Citation: Crime and Justice, Vol. 41: Prosecutors and Politics, A Comparative Perspective (Michael Tonry, ed. 2012).
Crime and Justice, Volume 41: Prosecutors and Politics, A Comparative Perspective can be purchased here
Prosecutors are not everywhere the same. In every developed country
except the United States, they are nonpartisan, apolitical civil servants.
In most countries, they are specialized judges or like judges are
expected to be evenhanded, dispassionate, and objective. Decisions
about individual cases are to be made on their merits, without regard
to public attitudes, opinions, and emotions or to politicians’ preferences