ERIC Number: ED110814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul-25
Reference Count: 0
Remarks of Richard L. Thornburgh to the Graduating Class, Career Prosecutor Course.
Thornburgh, Richard L.
Law enforcement today is under intense and increasing public pressure regarding allegations of wrongdoing such as wiretapping, illegal entry, and unlawful surveillance. Meanwhile, law enforcement must continue its main task of investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses in which the prosecutor plays a key role. In many communities the prosecutor's job remains a political office or a part-time occupation, and the costs of these shortcomings are high. Some recommendations for upgrading prosecutorial performance include additional continuing education programs and frequent and periodic reviews of our criminal codes to keep them in step with the times. New legislative tools for prosecutors also need to be sought, and the problem of financial resources to support prosecutive operations is a major one. Changes in the public's perception of the true nature of these problems and adjustments in the criminal justice process will enhance productivity. However, in the final analysis, the real opportunity to improve the criminal justice process exists in how prosecutors perform their duties at the local level. Prosecutors must never hesitate to follow the evidence where it leads, and there must be absolute regard for the guarantees of the Bill of Rights. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech given at the National College of District Attorneys, Bates College of Law, University of Houston (Houston, Texas, July 25, 1975)