Prosecutor in Transnational Perspective
The American prosecutor plays a powerful role in the judicial system, wielding the authority to accept or decline a case, choose which crimes to allege, and decide the number of counts to charge.
These choices, among others, are often made with little supervision or institutional oversight. This prosecutorial discretion has prompted scholars to look to the role of prosecutors in Europe for insight on how to reform the American system of justice.
In The Prosecutor in Transnational Perspective, Erik Luna and Marianne Wade, through the works of their contributors coupled with their own analysis, demonstrate that valuable lessons can be learned from a transnational examination of prosecutorial authority. They examine both parallels and distinctions in the processes available to and decisions made by prosecutors in the United States and Europe. Ultimately, they demonstrate how the enhanced role of the prosecutor represents a crossroads for criminal justice with weighty legal and socio-economic consequences.
- Explores the political, social, psychological, and non-legal influences on American prosecutors.
- Describes interaction between prosecutors and police officers in the absence of meaningful judicial oversight.
- Considers the function of prosecutors in shaping public policy.
- Examines the effectiveness of prosecutorial guidelines.
- Analyzes the changing expectations of prosecutors in hybrid legal systems.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press USA|
|Author(s)||Luna, E and Wade, M|