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Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor

Angela J. Davis


What happens when public prosecutors, the most powerful officials in the criminal justice system, seek convictions instead of justice? Why are cases involving well-to-do victims often prosecuted more vigorously than those involving poor victims? Why do wealthy defendants frequently enjoy more lenient plea bargains than the disadvantaged? This book looks at the power of American prosecutors, revealing how the day-to-day practice of prosecutors can result in the unequal treatment of defendants and victims. Ranging from mandatory minimum sentencing laws that enhance prosecutorial control over the ... More

Keywords: American public prosecutors, justice system, defendants, mandatory minimum sentencing, prosecutorial control, politicization, prosecutorial discretion, Jena Six, Duke lacrosse case, Department of Justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela J. Davis, author
American University Washington College of Law