Professors Rebecca Roiphe and Justin Murray will discuss the concept of prosecutorial independence and its central role in democracies. They will talk about current threats (both perceived and real) to this norm and how they might affect the presidential campaign and election. They will also detail the guardrails that our system employs to preserve prosecutorial independence and speculate about whether these would be sufficient should a president attempt to use the Department of Justice to pursue political adversaries or protect allies and friends.
This event is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Institute, the Institute for Professional Ethics, and NYLS student organizations: American Constitution Society and Criminal Law Society.
This event is for NYLS students, faculty, and staff.