I think you hit the nail on the head when it comes to the culture aspect of this issue. A lot of prosecutors have higher aspirations, and the more cases they win, the more likely they are to realize those aspirations. This is a problem that doesn’t just reflect poorly on them, though; it also reflects poorly on voters who are more impressed with courtroom victories than they are with proper justice. I think a number of your recommendations would help quite a bit, but I fear we’re a long ways away from implementing most of them.

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