vanwinkle wrote:A'nold wrote:Edit: I have noticed that many PD types at my school are very militant and closed minded about the system. However, there are many that seem to be pretty level headed. I understand that being a vigorous advocate is essential for a PD for obvious reasons but do they really have to buy into a way of thinking that may go against reason?
I don't think you have to be "militant" or "closed minded", but I do think you have to at least be obviously on the same side of the line that they are.
Also, this varies depending on where you're working. Some PD offices are more collegial than others...
I understand PD's offices wanting to see that you lean more toward a pro-defense mindset. Like I said above, I think it is essential b/c there is so much more riding on the representation of an accused than there is for the prosecutor in charging and taking a case to trial. I don't know if I like the idea that if PD's offices see anything in your application that might indicate any interest whatsoever in the other side of the isle that you are an auto-ding. It is what it is I guess.
On a purely personal note, I think the reason I have a problem with this kind of thing is that I don't like being forced into abiding by any kind of "beliefs" category. I've been chastised by "militant" (for lack of a better word) republicans, democrats, Christians, atheists, etc. many times in my life for not fully adhering to the "obviously correct" or "only morally possible" way of thinking. I think people should respect one's choice to embrace the gray. Prosecutors that strive to punish severely any and every accused that lands on their desks as well as militant, "all cops are crooked and all accused people have just had a hard life" PD's frustrate the hell out of me.