District Attorneys: Elected by statistics
A District Attorney (DA) is defined as follows:
“The district attorney is an elected or appointed official and is the highest officeholder in the legal department of the jurisdiction. The district attorney supervises a staff of assistant or deputy district attorneys.”
You need to take note of one word in the above definition, ELECTED. Yes, the DA is an elected position and is very political position to say the least.
When a DA runs for reelection there is only one thing that counts in the voter’s eyes, conviction rate. If 9 out of 10 cases end in a conviction, they are almost always guaranteed to keep their job. Now if that rate is say 2 out of ten then the voters may see them as weak on crime or incompetent. This sounds great right, 9 out of 10 conviction rate? We all want hard working elected officials in office that do their job right?… Or do we?