The Ethical Prosecutor
In American Cosmology (TV) the Ethical Prosecutor is often seen hard at work on every channel battling the Evil One, usually a murderer or child molester/murderer or some educated liberal.
Unencumbered with the uncertainty of not-knowing if the Evil One is actually Evil (for he *is*), the Ethical Prosecutor need not bother with bringing forth exculpating evidence (there is none) nor respecting any of the Evil One's constitutional rights (because none apply). The only time such concerns come forth is from the smug mouth of a greasy haired defense attorney, much to Ethic Prosecutor's resigned dismay. The basis for constitutional rights attaching is usually some trivial mistake made by law enforcement officers.
If the Ethical Prosecutor makes a mistake, or must answer to an out-of-touch judge dismissing a search, the Deus Ex Machnia fix is sure to follow, with the Evil One getting their just deserts (often via Clint Eastwood) in the form of death or mutilation.
Barring this, the Ethical Prosecutor will be able to produce a smoking gun close at will, chastising the Evil One while proving beyond all scientific doubt that in layman's terms, "he was there, and he done that shit."
In anecdotal court-reportage (i.e., the real world), the Ethical Prosecutor is a much rarer specimen. Rumors abound of foggy photographs purporting to show Brady material being handed over, or cases being dropped when the Prosecutor has reason to believe their officer witnesses are lying. No one goes so far as to suggest that they've heard of a prosecutor *agreeing* to a defense attorney's 403 analysis of any issue.
The transformation from simple State Attorney to Ethical Prosecutor is elusive, often disguised by the fact that there's little or no change in tone or appearance. Yes, lurking behind the doe-eyed blink-blink of the State Attorney as officers contradict themselves on the stand, there could be, could be, an Ethical Prosecutor.
The Scoplaw claims to have seen such a creature once, but no one takes him seriously anyway.