By Sara Naheedy, coauthor with Tom Scott of Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America’s Corrupt Judicial System-Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later

Warped Incentives

“Prosecutors have more power than anyone, in many respects, over the lives of the average person,” said Daniel Medwed, professor at the Northeastern University School of Law. “But there is almost no accountability, no transparency, and the public isn’t paying attention—that is a very, very combustible concoction.

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