Book review of Hatchet Man: How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor’s Code and Corrupted the Justice Department by Elie Honig

More broadly, Honig’s reliance on the idea of prosecutorial virtue makes for odd reading in a political moment characterized, in part, by increased skepticism toward prosecutors and criminal justice. His paean to the “unimaginable power” of the prosecutor feels incomplete without any acknowledgment of how this mission can go awry or how that power is experienced by those on the receiving end. A passage on “jailhouse lawyers,” for example, dwells on headaches for prosecutors caused by incarcerated people filing “endless legal motions” in court, but it doesn’t address how the practice also allows those behind bars to learn the law