A normative assertion on your part -- not a positive observation of the world we live in. Some prosecutors are about justice period, more are in "prosecute if it looks like it could be a winner" mode.A prosecutor should be all about Justice period.
I can agree with that, Selena.Prosecutors are concerned with maintaining the illusion of justice.
This is the brake on the prosecutors' enthusiasm, that they go so far as to be censured -- not just with a prosecutorial misconduct charge, but with ethical charges before the bar, and a too-unsavory reputation with the judges they deal with.Why even have trial if justice for the victim and perpetrator is already decided by the prosecutor? Hmmmm....because prosecutors have been wrong? And some have been deliberately false? Nifong, Nifong, Nifong. Howen, Howen, Howen. "Prosecutorial misconduct" is a legitimate charge, and we have had a prosecutor prosecuted locally and recently.
Of course there has to be a trial. But just as many defense lawyers believe that any client deserves a vigorous defense, many prosecutors believe that some suspicion on their part warrants a vigorous prosecution.
It's not true of all, but many take a look, and if they think they have a chance, they charge the max for leverage. They think they can always back off later. And it seems to work for many of them, regardless of our opinions of "fairness". (Reminder from Uncle Ernest -- "Fair" is where they have show animals, tractor pulls, and cotton candy.)