Politics of Prosecution - Series 1

Welcome back to the Politics of Prosecution Podcast! This podcast examines the interaction between politics, broadly defined, and criminal prosecution on the local, state and federal levels. Our goal is to produce a variety of shows using different media. This is our second series. It highlights current events where the politics of prosecution intersect and is produced by student volunteers and High Point University Criminal Justice professor Scott Ingram.

The fifth episode in this series examines the President’s recent tweets about the Justice Department. Despite the Attorney General requesting that the President stop tweeting about the Department, the President continues to assert he has absolute control over the Justice Department. This assertion raises an important question about how much control the president SHOULD exert over the Justice Department. After introducing the recent events that raised the question, we have a discussion about different aspects of the problem.

Sources for this episode:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/12/roger-stone-sentencing-trump-attacks-doj-prosecutors/4735847002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/11/president-trump-slams-sentencing-recommendation-roger-stone/4721747002/

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/criminal-division

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/barr-pushes-back-against-trumps-criticism-of-justice-dept-says-tweets-make-it-impossible-for-me-to-do-my-job/2020/02/13/7ff5f308-4e7c-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/806052193/former-fbi-official-andrew-mccabe-wont-face-charges

A special thank you goes to HPU’s Media Services Librarian Josh Harris for allowing us to use the Mini-Studio and his outstanding recording equipment.

Taylor Irish performed the editing this week.

Jeopardy theme music courtesy of: http://www.orangefreesounds.com/jeopardy-theme-song/

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