William E. Perry on What It's Really Like to Be a Prosecutor
Radio Interview: Wednesday, 30 January 2013
I interviewed William E. Perry on "What It's Really Like to Be a Prosecutor" on Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday, 30 January 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast below.
What is the work of a prosecutor really like? In this interview, former Arizona prosecutor William E. Perry discussed the cases he prosecuted and various issues in criminal law – including the role of juries, standards of evidence, the drug war, confessions, and plea bargaining.
William E. Perry was a lawyer for 34 years. He spent seven years as a defense attorney and one year as a temporary judge. Most of the rest of the time he was a prosecutor for the Navajo Nation and four counties in Arizona. Mr. Perry supervised the criminal prosecutors in Arizona's third largest county. He was was a major fraud and public corruption prosecutor, and then a homicide prosecutor, in Maricopa County. (That county includes Phoenix and the surrounding area. It was the sixth largest county in the United States at the time.) He is now retired.
- Duration: 1:02:02
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- Becoming a prosecutor, including prosecuting for the Navajo Nation
- How criminal cases get to trial
- Preliminary hearings and grand juries
- The problem of corruption
- The trial process
- Prosecutor caseload
- The reliability of juries
- Judges versus juries
- The problem with "the drug war"
- Police as hamstrung versus out-of-control
- Plea bargaining
- Most interesting and rewarding cases
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