Washington Law Review


I am truly honored to be asked to speak at this event, particularly an event held in honor of Norm Maleng. I want to talk about maintaining an ethical culture in a prosecutor’s office and give you a perspective on the things that have struck me after being an Assistant U.S. Attorney for about thirteen years—approaching seven years this fall as a U.S. Attorney, so about twenty years as a prosecutor. Some of the things I will say are obvious but worth repeating because we have to bear them in mind. Some are slightly subtle but worth pointing out. I want to talk about prosecutorial ethics in general, and also explain the importance of an ethical culture in a prosecutor’s office and discuss why we focus on the culture rather than the individuals. It is not a topic we discuss often, which is remarkable if you consider the impact of what goes on in prosecutor’s offices.

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