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NCJ Number: 63848 Find in a Library
Title: COUNSEL FOR THE UNITED STATES - US (UNITED STATES) ATTORNEYS IN THE POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS
Author(s): J EISENSTEIN
Corporate Author: Johns Hopkins University Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 275
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD 21218
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD 21218-4319
Sale Source: Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HISTORY, ROLE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS IS EXAMINED, ALONG WITH THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO POLICYMAKING AND THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS.
Abstract: BASED ON OVER 200 INTERVIEWS WITH ATTORNEYS, THEIR ASSISTANTS, FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGES, INVESTIGATIVE AGENTS, AND PRIVATE ATTORNEYS IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, THIS STUDY EXAMINES THE ROLE OF UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS IN POLICYMAKING. APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT, U.S. ATTORNEYS REPRESENT THE GOVERNMENT IN LAWSUITS BROUGHT IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS. ACTION IS GIVEN TO THESE ATTORNEYS AT WORK, NEGOTIATING WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, RESPONDING TO JUDGES, WORKING WITH INVESTIGATIVE AGENCIES, AND ATTEMPTING TO MAINTAIN A GOOD PRESS. THE BASIC STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONING OF THE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS EXPLAINED AND AN OVERVIEW OF THEIR IMPACT IN FIVE POLICY AREAS IS GIVEN: (1) THE DIRECTION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, (2) THE DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL CIVIL PROCESS, (3) THE QUALITY AND PUBLIC IMAGE OF FEDERAL JUSTICE, (4) THE LEGAL PROCESS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND (5) BEYOND THE LEGAL PROCESS, INCLUDING ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC DEBATE. THE APPOINTMENT PROCESS AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF APPOINTEES ARE DESCRIBED. CONCLUDING MATERIAL SUMMARIZES THE STRATEGIC POSITION OF THE U.S. ATTORNEYS, DESCRIBES IN GENERAL TERMS THEIR PATTERNS OF INTERACTION WITH OTHERS, EXAMINES THE ROLE PRESSURES FROM THEIR DISTRICT PLAY IN SHAPING THEIR BEHAVIOR, EVALUATES PERFORMANCE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, AND MAKES PROPOSALS FOR REFORM. AN APPENDIX PROVIDES THE HISTORY AND METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH, COPIES OF THE INTERVIEW GUIDES, AND COMMENTS ON SUBSEQUENT CAREERS OF FORMER U.S. ATTORNEYS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WENT TO FILL POLICYMAKING POSITIONS. FOOTNOTES AND AN INDEX ARE INCLUDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Policy; Political influences; Prosecutors; Role perception; Special prosecutors; United States of America
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