I was talking to a friend and fellow defense attorney today. He told me about a recent experience with a younger prosecutor who had claimed being ready for trial and announcing that a case was "first up." As it turned out, the prosecutor was not only not ready for trial, but also knew that the court wasn't going to trial that week -- the bold announcement of being "ready" and "first up" were merely ploys to get trial counsel to take a plea bargain. The ploy failed, although the defense attorney spent his three-day weekend prepping for a trial that the prosecutor knew damn good and well wasn't going to be happening.
This particular maneuver by a prosecutor isn't a new one, but it is definitely chickenshit.
Our conversation then turned to the departures of three felony Chiefs and one very senior Felony Two from the D.A.'s Office in the past two weeks.
"You think they (the four departing prosecutors) ever would have pulled that shit?" I asked, referencing the younger prosecutor's maneuver.
Of course the answer was no.
The prosecutors leaving the Office right now are the exact types of people that shouldn't be leaving, and something needs to be done to stem the bleeding.
That "something" may not win any additional votes, but it goes a long way towards fulfilling that oath about seeking Justice.