Interviewer: Do you think that a lot of prosecutors share your belief? Or is it because they think they’ll look better if they get more people convicted?
Carl: I think that a lot of prosecutors try to do the right thing. I don’t think a lot of prosecutors put in the time necessarily to analyze each and every case. I also think the many prosecutors presume that most people are going to lie down and just accept whatever is handed to them.
The Schedule of a Municipal Prosecutor
Interviewer: I’ve heard that public defenders have an enormous caseload, and it’s harder for them to pay attention to each case. Is the same true for prosecutors? Are they overworked? What’s their schedule like?
Carl: The prosecutors in the state of New Jersey are municipal prosecutors. What I mean by that is each town has its own court, its own police department, and its own prosecutors. These municipal prosecutors usually have a private practice, so they may not have the time to devote themselves to their prosecutorial job as much as someone who only works as a prosecutor.
I would like to give an example from my own experience. When I was prosecutor, I was often told by the staff at the courts that they couldn’t believe how on top of the cases I was. Because I took the job extraordinarily seriously and I thought the cases would move along much more smoothly and judiciously if I knew what they were.
Interviewer: I see.
Municipal Prosecutors May Have Less Time to Devote to Cases
Carl: But I find that most of the municipal prosecutors work part time. I mean they’re smart and they’re competent, but they don’t want to spend a many on each case, if they don’t have to.
Interviewer: How about the interaction between you and defense attorneys or vice versa? Is it a matter of that both people are just doing their jobs or is it adversarial? How do both sides view each other before and during a case?
By Carl Spector