The Champion

January 2009 , Page 7 

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Letters to the Editor

By Baton Rouge

I finally have found time to write to you about the splendid president’s column that John Wesley Hall wrote for the August 2008 edition of The Champion [“We Are Enforcers of the Constitution”]. I have always been troubled by the dichotomy I see between the defense bar and prosecutors in the United States and the fact that the two bars live in separate solitudes. As you may know, in Canada defense counsel and prosecutors are all barristers and solicitors. Until recently, we shared a common vision of the administration of criminal justice that put individual rights ahead of the interests of the state. We did not appear to suffer the same limitations that you work under, where the defense bar and prosecutors are essentially at war.

Unfortunately, over the past 10 years or so, especially since 2001, a schism has begun to develop in our profession that mirrors your current situation. Some of our prosecutors – and by extension some of our judges – appear to treat criminal and constitutional l

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