Thursday, November 15, 2007

Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor

In Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor, Professor Angela Davis (American University Washington College of Law) "examines the expanding power of prosecutors, from mandatory minimum sentencing laws that enhance prosecutorial control over the outcome of cases to the increasing politicization of the office. Drawing on her dozen years of experience as a public defender, Davis demonstrates how the everyday, legal exercise of prosecutorial discretion is responsible for tremendous inequities in criminal justice."

The book's website has lots of information, including chapter summaries (and a pdf of all of Chapter One) and reviews.

The book is available in the library: KF9640 .D38 2007 at Classified Stacks.

Prof. Davis organized a conference at AU last month: The American Prosecutor - Power, Discretion and Accountability. C-SPAN aired much of the conference, and you can watch clips here.

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