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Abstract

This Article describes the rhetorical and regulatory changes that characterize

the new prosecutorial accountability, identifies the conditions that

have enabled them to occur, and considers their implications. While identifying

various necessary conditions, the Article argues that information technology

has been the essential catalyst; the evolution could not be sustained

without the aggregation, accessibility, and communication of data and commentary

about prosecutorial misconduct that new information technology

makes readily available to the public. Given the permanence of information

technology in modern society, the Article concludes by cautiously predicting

that the contemporary regulatory movement will be sustained; the pendulum

will not swing back to the period when courts and the media presumed the

integrity of prosecutors and counted on them to ameliorate the excesses and

injustices of the police. Rather, the current pressure to hold prosecutors

accountable will be ongoing.

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