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Professional Responsibility for Prosecutors: Home

Student Guide Author

This guide was originally created in support of Professor Diamond's Advanced Legal Research class for Fall 2014 by John O'Keefe. The contents of this guide should not be taken as legal advice or as the work product of MU Law librarians.


Prosecutors have a special role in the United States legal system.  It is the prosecutor's job to represent not an individual client, but society itself and to work in the interest of justice, rather than a partisan victory.  A prosecutor does his job when a guilty person is convicted and an innocent person goes free.  This requires diligence, discretion, and sometimes restraint.  The purpose of this guide is to consolidate resources that a young prosecutor can use to navigate the intertwining legal and ethical duties that come with this important job.