prosecutor is obliged to choose his case, it follows that he
can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power of the
prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than cases
that need to be prosecuted. With the law books filled with a great assortment
of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a
technical violation of some act on the part of almost
The Federal Prosecutor, Address Delivered at the Second Annual Conference of United States
Attorneys, April 1, 1940.