Friday, June 20, 2008
Amir Efrati and Tom McGinty of the New York Times have a must-read article titled, Youz Indictin' Who? A Rivalry Grows For Stock Cops in Brooklyn, Manhattan. Although it is good to see that two offices in New York are going to be strong in bringing white collar cases, it is pretty frightening to think that a rivalry may be in the making. It is hard to imagine that a prosecutor's office might become like the end-of-the-month street cops, trying to arrest people to keep the numbers high. They may all be speeding, but there is something bothersome about such an investigative and prosecution philosophy, especially in the white collar sphere.
This article made me remember a 1986 article in the NYTimes by Arnold Lubasch, titled Lindenhauer Pleads Guilty as Officials Debate Subpoena (sorry no link available). The article talked about how a normally "routine arraignment procedure was marked by a behind-the-scenes conflict between Rudolph W. Giulianai, the United States Attorney in Manhattan, and Robert M. Morgenthau, the Manhattan District Attorney." In this article it was a federal-state rivalry. How interesting to now see it as a federal-federal one.