Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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Kyle Graham on The Prosecution of New Crimes

Why Prosecutors Hate New Crimes

Kyle Graham
Deputy District Attorney, Mono County, California

Prosecutors hate new crimes. This may come as a surprise to those who believe that prosecutors and legislators have entered into an unholy alliance to expand the scope of state and federal criminal liability in perpetuity. But it is true. With rare exceptions, new crimes are unwelcome complications to a prosecutor’s line of business.

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