Much has been written about whether you can be a good person and a good defender- that is, whether it is morally acceptable to defend people who do bad things and what the personal and professional dilemmas are for those who engage in such work.
Meanwhile, almost nothing has been written about whether you can be a good person and a good prosecutor—that is, whether it is morally acceptable to prosecute people who do bad things. At the heart of this question is the reality that prosecution inevitably leads to punishment, which, in recent times, means locking people up (especially some people) for very long periods of time, and, with increased regularity, executing them.
- Abbe Smith: 14 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 355 (2001)