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Unformatted text preview: justice system, crime, the criminal, and the victim. More lenient or harsh punishments will be at the discretion of the prosecutor. Victim issues and behaviors influence the charging decisions. For example, domestic violence cases are difficult to prosecute. Extralegal issues, include the offender’s race, gender, age, or ethnic background. In order to provide a bias, a defendant must produce credible evidence. And lastly a resource issue influences prosecutorial discretion which includes the availability of treatment or detention facilities. Some resource issues, for example in a drug case, prosecutors may not bring evidence to trial because it relies on the cost of forensic and lab tests....
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- Spring '08
- criminal law, prosecutor, prosecutorial discretion