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    and I think it goes one further. Sure, there are some bad guys as DAs (and some decent ones). But we also provide incentives and empower this mindset. DAs who are elected get rewarded for conviction numbers because the public is either stupid or doesn't know/care. We have designed a system where a DA might actually be hurt politically by acting in the right and reasonable way. It doesn't help that certain types of people self-select into DA jobs. By certain types, I mean a lot of power-hungry types.

    It should be stated that I don't believe all DAs are ugly, stupid, and corrupt. But you'd have to be blind to ignore that these qualities describe a large number.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:10:46 AM PST

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