shouldRE: Ther North Carolina (Duke lacrosse) case /Offline Please
Bezanson, Randall P
randy-bezanson at uiowa.edu
Fri Apr 13 06:29:33 PDT 2007
I know that Prof. Holden's message asked for off line responses, but the
topic of the Duke cases raises two questions about which I know little,
but would be interested in others' informed views. First, is
prosecutorial immunity absolute, and second, if not, what would have to
be proven to override it should the boys' families wish to sue to
recover their substantial costs of defense over the past year?
University of Iowa Law School
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Subject: Ther North Carolina (Duke lacrosse) case /Offline Please
The North Carolina case and the way the local prosecutor handled it is
sure to produce a lot of discussion about policy and procedural changes
to constrain prosecutorial discretion.
I am interested in the whole subject that I sometimes call "the politics
of prosecution," and have been following aspects of it for some years.
If there are colleagues who have work of their own that they want to
mention, or ideas they want to share, offline, I would be interested.
I will treat anything with whatever degree of restraint others may wish,
but I am personally not ready for protracted on-line discussions. In
any case, my experience tells me that most colleagues are expert in, and
interested in, judicial decision-making, rather than in pre-judicial
Matthew Holden, Jr.
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