March 13, 2008

PERP WALK 101?:

What I Couldn't Teach Spitzer at Harvard Law (Susan Estrich, 3/13/08, Real Clear Politics)

I met Eliot Spitzer during his first semester in law school, my first year teaching criminal law at Harvard. He was smart and ambitious, which certainly didn't set him apart from the rest of his classmates at Harvard. What did, and what brought him to my door, was that he was interested in a career in politics.

I myself was fresh from four years in Washington, the last two working in the Kennedy and Carter campaigns, and while I was barely four years older than my students, I had already learned some important lessons about how Democrats lose. So I had advice for Eliot. Go be a prosecutor, I told him. Democrats need to prove what side they're on when it comes to crime.


The side holding up the number board while the mugshot is taken?

Seriously though, is it any wonder that the law has been reduced to politicized gamesmanship rather than an attempt to render justice when Harvard profs are telling their students that being a DA is a political stepping stone?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2008 9:23 AM
Comments

Oj, with comments like that, I feel you may someday make a good libertarian.

I am curious if the Spitzers, and Rostenkowski's, and Kennedy's, and Nixon's of the political world come as a surprise to non-libertarians?

Posted by: Perry at March 13, 2008 10:27 AM

Libertarian? We want DA's who prosecute based on the extensive skein of laws we've passed, not on political concerns.

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2008 6:05 PM
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