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Choosing prosecutors is a terrible idea. Trump’s conviction shows why.

In contemplative moments, if any, Alvin Bragg, the elected district attorney of Manhattan, should reflect on a speech delivered in 1940 by the U.S. attorney general. Before Bragg’s next pirouette on the political stage – at former President Donald Trump’s July 11 sentencing, at which he will recommend a sentence – he should consider Robert Jackson’s thoughts on the role of restraint in the prosecutor’s profession.

George WillWashington Post

Bragg campaigned in 2021 vowing to continue trying to hold Trump “accountable,” noting that he sued Trump “over a hundred times” in the New York attorney general’s office. In 2023, seven years after Trump’s particular misconduct but just in time to influence that year’s election, Bragg charged Trump with “34” crimes.

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