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  •  Your distrust is well-founded. Prosecutors are (7+ / 0-)

    the last public servants operating with absolute immunity. The law assumes that because their role is purely ministerial in transmitting information from the executive to the judicial branch, they have no direct involvement in matters and cannot be held accountable for their actions. There is a realization even on the Supreme Court that this is a problem, however, there has not been a case brought to them to address it. Congress has failed to set standards. Congress fails to do lots of things having to do with justice.
    Public officials are under a permissive regime. They can only do what the law permits them to do. If there are no standards to hold prosecutors to account and no-one assigned to enforce such standards, then the prosecutors are immune to review.
    I think there was recently a case in Texas where prosecutorial misconduct was addressed, but it hasn't got to a higher court.

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