View Full Version : Top Lawman Bush Smarter Than National District Attorneys' Association

Osborne Russell
04-11-2007, 05:00 PM
These people have missed the point entirely. Political control of US Attorneys is a good thing. The following are reasons why, in the view of the National District Attorneys’ Association, there should not be term limits on elected prosecutors:


. . . forced turnover in a district attorney’s office will disrupt local law enforcement practices . . . public safety of our communities is better served by experienced, qualified prosecutors . . . the loss of an experienced prosecutor can result in extraordinary difficulty in handling complex cases and appeals . . . the citizens of our nation are entitled to professional, experienced prosecutors . . . there is a difference between a career politician and a career prosecutor . . . term limits for prosecutors will unduly politicize an office that must be dedicated to pursuing justice rather than being a stepping-stone in a political career . . .

(emphasis added)

These people have missed the point entirely. Political control of US Attorneys is a good thing, because whatever other considerations may appear to be involved, the difference between performance failure and political failure is illusory.

John of Phoenix
04-11-2007, 05:43 PM
I think their point is about local DISTRICT attorneys and their prosecutions as opposed to US attorneys. I tend to agree that term limits may hinder the local folks, ie campaigning vs. prosecuting.

Osborne Russell
04-11-2007, 06:06 PM
What's the diff?



"...to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

In carrying out our mission, we are guided by the following core values:

Equal Justice Under the Law: Upholding the laws of the United States is the solemn responsibility entrusted to us by the American people. We enforce these laws fairly and uniformly to ensure that all Americans receive equal protection and justice under the law.

Honesty and Integrity: We adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior . . .

(emphasis added)