I was looking forward to a show with prosecutors being able to analyze cases in a way that included at least SOME self awareness, or ability to criticize prosecutorial misconduct, or faults within the prosecutorial role. But… NOPE. Right off the bat, they pitch themselves, and prosecutors as a whole, as the people who “always wear the white hat” and explain that it’s *prosecutors* who decide whether or not someone is innocent or guilty before charging.
NO!! Prosecutors bring charges based on their *belief* of guilt, they do not *decide* on guilt. The court does that.
They THEN go on to talk about how there are some cases in which there is no evidence, despite “everyone” (especially prosecutors) knowing that the person is guilty - which, yes, happens, but they rattle off examples that are famously the exact opposite of this. They mention cases that came under scrutiny precisely because of police and prosecutorial misconduct, yet they’re talking about them as if the issue is that these victims of prosecutors’ bad actions are actually DEFINITELY guilty but the weakness falls in their inability to prove it. No. The issue is that police and prosecutors got the courts to find people guilty based on false or misleading “evidence”, which people have caught onto.
I think prosecutors play an incredibly important role in our legal system. But the position is so easily open to abuse, we need *good* prosecutors who are willing to be self critical and open to acknowledge wrong-doing, or fault. We don’t need more prosecutors who are so convinced of their own importance and infallibility that they’re willing to hide mistakes, deny wrongdoing or mismanagement, and even knowingly break or “bend” the law, because they’re so convinced of their own opinion being the only important “facts” to a case.
We need better prosecutors represented in media, including podcasts, to model the responsibilities the role entails - not mediocre ones trying to convince the public that their shady practices and perspectives are not only forgivable, but absolutely commendable and worthy of admiration.