Times have changed. Today, prosecutors are on top of the world. Their powers are enormous, and constantly reinforced by sympathetic legislatures and courts. The "awful instruments of the criminal law," as Justice Frankfurter described the system,1 are today supplemented with broad new crimes, easier proof requirements, heavier sentencing laws, and an extremely cooperative judiciary, from district and state judges, to the highest Court in the land.
Bennett L. Gershman , The Prosecutor as "Minister of Justice”, N.Y. St. B.J., May 1988, at 8, available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/624/.