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Can Prosocuters have felonies?

Can Prosocuters have felonies?
« on: July 31, 2010, 12:02:02 PM »
If an ex-con wants to go to lawschool, does he get stuck defending other cons or can he be a prosocuter to help bring them down? I heard that some judges have felonies. I believe Judge Joe Brown on TV had a few. If a judge can do so, can a prosocuter? Anyone ever hear of any?


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Re: Can Prosocuters have felonies?
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2010, 07:02:20 AM »
As long the ex-con can pass Character & Fitness to get admitted to the bar, there is no technical reason why he or she couldn't be a prosecutor. However, every office would have its own policies and background checks. It could be quite difficult to overcome the stigma. The nature of the felony would probably matter.

Re: Can Prosocuters have felonies?
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 08:28:36 AM »
^-- agree completely.  It would not be technically impossible but it would certainly be an uphill battle.  Assuming the individual could pass Character & Fitness, they would need a good strategy for addressing the conviction during the job application/interview.  That said, its hard to estimate the chances actually getting a job because different people in charge of hiring might have very different reactions depending on the type of offense, the circumstances surrounding it, and how well it would be addressed in an interview - not to mention there are many many factors that go into any hiring decision even under normal circumstances

Re: Can Prosocuters have felonies?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010, 04:16:18 PM »
That person may have to be willing to move - likely to a small county somewhere - but there is possibly some prosecutor out there who would find that those background circumstances carry a unique perspective.  You have to keep in mind, however, that in most states (if not all), prosecutors are elected.  There is a political disincentive in keeping an ex felon on staff.  So it's a good question.  Certainly worth trying if that is a passion.